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: Breakover

Q: What is the breakover? The breakover is the last phase of the stride and covers the time between the heel leaving the ground and the toe leaving the ground.…

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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: What is pedal osteitis?

Q: What is pedal osteitis? A: Pedal osteitis describes inflammatory changes in the pedal bone (P3), otherwise known as the coffin bone, of the foot. It can be seen on…

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AskHQ: Corns

Q: What are corns? A: The 'seat of corn' is the area of sole between the bar and the heel wall, and a bruise in this area is called a…

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AskHQ: Nutritional issues OTTB

Q: What nutritional issues should I be aware of in my new OTTB? A: Australian nutritionist Dr Nerida Richards, the resident nutritionist at FeedXL.com, explains that a Thoroughbred who is…

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