Why are contracted heels an issue?

Contracted heels are problematic for several reasons: They can lead to atrophy of the internal structures of the hoof, which are necessary for support and correct functioning of the entire…

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What are contracted heels?

Contracted heels are one of the most common problems encountered by farriers today. In fact, many of us are so used to seeing contracted heels that we don't even consider…

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AskHQ: Hoof growth

Q: How fast do horses' hooves grow? A: A horse's hoof grows at a rate of approximately 6-10mm per month. This means that in order to regrow and entirely new…

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AskHQ: DP imbalance

Q: What is ‘DP imbalance’ and how can I assess it? A: In addition to balancing the left and right halves of the feet, the farrier will also want to…

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AskHQ: Peeling frog

Q: My horses frog peeled off. Is this normal? He’s sound and doesn’t seem bothered, but the whole thing just suddenly seemed to lift up and come off? A: The…

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ASkHQ: Hoof cracks?

Q: What causes a hoof crack? A: Hoof cracks are simply splits in the hoof wall. They are often the result of trauma to the coronary band or hoof wall;…

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AskHQ: Wider frogs

Q: Why is a wide frog preferred? A: Frogs vary in shape and size, and while many horses with narrow frogs, can remain perfectly sound throughout their lives, a food…

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AskHQ: Bars

Q: What are the bars? A: It is easiest to think of the bars as the parts of the hoof that, rather than finishing the circle formed by the hoof…

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AskHQ: Ballerina syndrome

Q: What is Ballerina Syndrome? A: Ballerina Syndrome refers to the situation where a 'normal' foal changes within a few days of birth to having very upright pasterns, and walking…

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