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  • Are You In It For The Horse?

    By Carole Herder I was reading an article recently about horses versus horse-related activities and one point really struck with me: is there a benefit to my horse by attending this event? It got me thinking about how many times I’ve seen painkillers being used to cover up an issue, just so the animal can…

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  • Equine Ting Points

    By Carole Herder I spoke recently about how to get x-ray vision for your horse’s hooves, or rather how you can judge the quality of the hoof by looking at the outside and underside of it. Another great way to help the feet, and possibly other areas of the body, are Ting points. These are…

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  • All Things Barefoot

    By Carole Herder Did you know that some equestrian sports still ban barefoot horses? Only last year a barefoot horse owner was disqualified at Blair Castle International Horse Trials in the Working Hunter Championship for being un-shod. I was also catching up on the 2014 rules for The Tevis Cup (100-Miles-One-Day Trail Ride) where they…

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  • Digital Pulse

    By Carole Herder I am constantly mentioning the age old phrase, ‘no hoof, no horse’. A bad hoof can cause your horse not to perform well, and can even cause lameness. But the horse’s feet can tell us so much more, and not just by their visual appearance. Do you know how to take a…

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  • Do You Know Your Horse’s Weight?

    By Carole Herder Most of us will weigh our horses regularly, or at least we know how to do it. Here is a reminder of the formula if you have forgotten! ‘Girth’ is calculated by placing the tape across the horse’s back just behind the withers and catching the other side under the horse so…

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  • Dr. Robert Bowker talks Holistic Care

    By Carole Herder I found a great interview recently with Dr. Robert Bowker, one of the leading hoof research pioneers in our discipline. You can read the full interview here (dated 07/01/14) http://www.foundationsofsoundness.com/blog.html but I would like to reiterate one of his points regarding diet. In the interview, Dr. Bowker talks about the holistic approach…

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