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Hoofcare & Lameness searched high and low, in the USA and abroad, to find new products of interest in the treatment and prevention of hoof and leg problems in horses.
farrier Tommy Telfer and his wife Katy market a nail sweeper from the UK. Your customers
will think that you have taken up polo, but this "mallet" has a very powerful
magnet inside. The Telfers sell four different models, made of cast aluminum. This is a
lightweight, durable and powerful magnetic device that received commendation by the
British Equestrian Trade Association. Contact the Telfers: (011.44) 01555.751.611 (UK).
IL-- Theres always a crowd around it, wherever farriers get together. An
aluminum-body 10-foot trailer with ideas to spare: Everything fits, everything works, and
everything looks great. The hind doors open up like cabinets for extra storage space or
display. Ask to see the video! This photo shows the summer 1998 model.
Bradley, CA--Maybe someone out there has a stable slave who can stand around cold-hosing a blown-up leg for hours, but thats not the case for most of us. Or if you do, you return to find the whole stable area under water. Welcome a new ice boot from farrier Ron Sanches and wife Barbara. Ice goes into the liner, liner closes with velcro. As ice melts, remove melt promptly, refill. Its that simple. Neoprene against the leg stays cool; just take a cooler of ice with you in the trailer and ice down before trailering home after a day of showing or hard riding. Practically goof-proof and they come in purple. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Water Mill, NY--Trying to stabilize hoof moisture under normal management can be a tough job; repeated bathing, stabling in shavings, and working in sand arenas can upset the normal moisture regulation system in the horse's hoof. Veteran farrier (and longtime Hoofcare & Lameness subscriber) Dave Birdsall of Long Island, NY has updated his hoofcare products with Vitamins A, D, and E to nourish the hoof at the hairline plus anti-fungal and anti-bacterial ingredients. Birdsall's products contain no petroleum products and are tested by some of America's top show stables. Call 1 800 848 1006.
St. Joseph, MO--After a short absence from the market in 1998-99, Boehringer Ingelheim has announced the return of BAPTEN (beta-aminopropionitrile fumarate), designed to assist in the maximum healing integrity of superficial digital flexor tendon injury (bowed tendon). The drug has been shown to improve the quality of the healing portion of the tendon, but does not replace any of the normal steps in tendon injury treatment, nor does it shorten lay-up time. However, it may help prevent re-injury and extend the useful life of some horses. The drug was temporarily removed from sales when a case of swelling in reaction to the drug was reported.
Lexington, KY--Its as easy as it looks. A horse here had an abscess; between soaks we packed and wrapped him with a few quick wraps of vet-wrap, then just closed this boot over the foot. Voila! Back in the stall for a few hours, then repeat. This boot eliminated miles of duct tape and vet-wrap and saved a lot of time. It stayed in place, kept the foot clean and the velcro didnt get too clogged up with bedding. The bottom of the boot is a flat leather pad; some clever person should call with ideas how to make it safe for turning out. This is a very handy item, lightweight, great color (bright blue "cordura") and totally washable. Farriers should sell these! Email email@example.com.
Hampton Falls, NH--Stallbound horses, or horses who tend to fill when stabled, have a new friend in a horse in New Hampshire. Boomers owner, Pam Biggi, had retired from the track, was tired of wrapping and started creating on the drawing board. Boomers Bandages (generous quilting, wide velcro straps) save time and insure an even-pressure fit, avoiding bandage bows from unskilled or careless barn help, or well-meaning but uncoordinated owners who might just skip this important aspect of lameness prevention. Lets face it, bandaging is an artform and a skill. Sometimes its better to let Boomers do it. Visit http://www.equisearch.com/boomers
Leominster, MA--Performance Pads are thick, impact-resistant plastic and instantly call out, "Make me into a hospital plate!" Choose 1/4" or 3/16" thickness, but get creative with this material. Blake Brown, an ever-creative farrier from California, made these foal shoes out of the 3/16"pad. A valuable resource to have on hand. Call 1.800.9CASTLE.
Sometimes it's easy to tackle a foot-sore horse with all the ammunition in the arsenal.and inadvertently end up over-shoeing the horse. Simpler equipment changes can sometimes yield super results, make you look like a hero, and keep the shoeing bills and welding chores in check. That's the case with the sleek new "designer" egg bar pad from Castle Plastics, available in sizes small or large. The "platform" can be trimmed to the configuration you need or left intact; apply platform down, please. Works great with your favorite under-pad support material. Visit
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