You have probably heard about monitoring your horse’s digital pulse but are you confidant in how to find it? Do you know what your veterinarian is looking for when taking a digital pulse? This blog will give you the basic facts to help you understand and monitor your horse’s digital pulse. The pulse is a [...]
How does acupuncture work for horses feet? If you have a hand or foot problem that your doctor wants to treat with acupuncture, needles may be placed directly into your hands or feet. Since we cannot needle the horse’s foot directly, we place needles in various soft tissue locations that should influence foot physiology. I [...]
The white line is the junction between the solar horn and wall horn. A healthy white line is tight and narrow forming a seamless connection between wall and sole. An unhealthy white line might be stretched and wide. The normal white line on an average sized foot (4 ½ inches across widest part of [...]
Sole quality is one of the most difficult points for the non-farrier to assess. Sole should be resilient: neither too hard nor too soft. Sole that is too hard tends to crack and flake. Sole that is too soft is easily depressed by a sharp external object such a rock or by the force [...]
Hoof-pastern axis and a common problem called “negative palmar angle. The term “hoof-pastern axis” refers to the alignment of coffin bone and pastern bones. The textbook ideal is a straight line through P3, P2, and P1 (coffin, short and long pastern bones). An x-ray will confirm bone alignment. But the “eye-ball” method of looking at [...]
This first blog post is an introduction to reading the hoof. What does a healthy hoof look like? What are the possible warning signs of impending hoof problems? Is there a way for horse owners to detect or avoid hoof trouble in the early stages? A complete veterinary exam including imaging is one way to get an in-depth assessment of the horse’s foot. But there are also some simple, non-technological methods that may be used to judge the health of the hoof.