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X-Ray of a foundered horse hoofWatch the live webinar on endocrine laminitis this afternoon, or view an archived version if you miss the original broadcast of The Laminitis Revolution.

“British veterinary surgeon David Rendle, from the Liphook Equine Hospital in Hampshire, England, will discuss how the veterinary profession’s understanding of laminitis has been revolutionized in recent years and provide useful tips to help you manage this debilitating disease.”

Learn more about laminitis, Equine Metabolic Syndrome, and Cushing’s disease at the Talk About Laminitis website.

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Foundered hoof with casting material and packing

Preventive treatments cryotherapy and supporting at-risk hoofs with packing and casting are featured in an article about laminitis in the ‘Daily Racing Form’:

Vets Gain Ground against Disease Suffered by Paynter and Barbaro

“Veterinarians don’t just look to the foot when tackling laminitis. They carefully consider the underlying cause and then try to stabilize that cause, Orsini said. And today, they are applying therapies aggressively to at-risk horses, not just to those showing acute signs of laminitis, said Dr. Bryan Fraley, a farrier and veterinarian whose Fraley Equine Podiatry is affiliated with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Kentucky.

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Mustangs from American WestInterested in feral horse hoofs as a model for the domestic horse?

Check out this post from Fran Jurga’s Hoof Blog, featuring links to a video and 46-page research report from researchers Chris Pollitt and Brian Hampson – detailing their work with and findings about the hoofs of brumbies – the feral horses of Australia.

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Header from Fran Jurga's Hoof Blog

Important news from Fran Jurga’s Hoof Blog:

Equine Laminitis: 2012 Video Education Update from the Animal Health Foundation

“The Animal Health Foundation, a non-profit organization that funds laminitis research at Dr Chris Pollitt’s Australian Equine Laminitis Research Unit and at universities in the United States, has assembled a quick course update for horse owners and horse professionals on preventing, managing and treating the disease of equine laminitis.

While there is still much that we don’t know about laminitis, Donald Walsh, DVM has prepared a primer that should make clear the current state of practical information.

Please watch all five videos in the Animal Health Foundation’s EQUINE LAMINITIS 2012 UPDATE and share these videos with everyone in the horse world. This is important information.”

Go to Fran Jurga’s Hoof Blog to watch the videos!

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Racing Thoroughbreds at Arlington Park

From Fran Jurga’s Hoof Blog today:

“Of course you have never taken the Thoroughbred athlete for granted, but after watching this 48-minute documentary, you’ll be in even more awe of the complex biomechanics and physiology of the running Thoroughbred. Anyone who’s squeamish in a dissection might want to skip over this, but you’ll miss a lot!”

Watch the entire documentary online for free, via the link at:

Inside the Thoroughbred Racehorse: Just Watch This!

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