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Hoofcares reward: 15 years of serving you!
The new issue of Hoofcare has a giant 15 on the cover...this is the first issue of our 15th year of publication! OK, so were not rich and famous yet, but hopefully some of our readers are, thanks to the information that has passed through the pages of our magazine.
HOOFCARE #71 is our big new products issue. It is crammed full of photos and descriptions of new products related to horseshoeing, veterinary care, and therapy for lame horses. Here are just a few of the things you can read about:
This is our first issue that is integrated with the Internet; articles give web sites to search for more information on that subject, calendar dates have email addresses and links that are live from our web site, and new products will be linked directly on the web site, with their photos if color. (Sorry the magazine is still mostly black and white.)
Have you checked on your subscription lately? Sorry, renewal invoices havent gone out yet, but will soon. If you think you need to renew or start your subscription, contact the office as soon as possible.
And be sure to let us know if you have moved or have any kind of address update. Its important!
Thanks to everyone who sent nice comments about our 1999 wall calendar. It was mailed in January and we tried to send it to all Hoofcare Online readers as well as subscribers to the magazine. If you did not receive a calendar, we still have a few left and I would be happy to send you one! Just send an email with your name and address and a note requesting a calendar.
ST. CROIX FORGE JOINS THE HOOFCARE PEOPLE
St. Croix Forge has always been a great friend and supporter of Hoofcare Magazine, but in this case we are speaking of Mustad, The Hoofcare People. St. Croix Forge was acquired by Mustad on March 29, 1999; however, it will continue to operate as an independent company, and Clint Carlson will still be earning all those frequent flyer miles visiting farriers around the world. No changes are expected in availability or service. Full details are in the new issue of Hoofcare.
FARRIER INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE IN TEXAS
Hoofcare was proud to be one of many, many companies represented at the 1999 Business Conference of the Farrier Industry Association, held in Fort Worth, Texas April 16-18. This annual meeting is a super place for manufacturers, suppliers, and even publishers to get together on an informal level, and to learn together from business leaders from all fields. I was proud to be able to bring along Dr. David Hood and Dr. Ilka Wagner, both of the Hoof Project at Texas A&M Universitys College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hood and Dr. Wagner spoke at the opening reception and then fielded questions about their new testing laboratory, which has been used already to compare different commercial hoof moisturizing products. On Sunday, I presented the results of Hoofcare Onlines Second Annual Farrier Internet Survey, thanks to all of you, and talked to the FIA membership about how Hoofcare uses the Internet and email to keep in touch with people and disseminate information. I was very honored to speak in front of this group, and I was thrilled to have all the data from those surveys. Thank you to each and everyone one of you who took the time to fill out those questions! The results of the survey will be posted on news section of the website (www.hoofcare.com) soon, since several more have come in since I returned from Texas and must be tabulated. Brian DuBose of Monetta Manufacturing in South Carolina was elected the new president of the FIA.
Also in April, I attended the Equine Affaire horse exposition in Columbus, Ohio. Congratulations to the MidEastern Farriers Association for a terrific public information booth about farriery. They could take that show on the road! Hoofcare advertisers at the show included Life Data Labs (Farriers Formula), Grand Meadows, and Equilite.
Grand Meadows, by the way, has a new product called Grand Flex for Riders, a high-level glucosamine product for humans based on its popular equine formula. Farriers have always bought Grand Flex for themselves, as well as for horses, so Grand Meadows put it in capsules for you!
And Equilites popular Sore No More product is popular with farriers. It is an herbal liniment, with lavender oil. Watch for more news about this product soon!
In case you havent heard, popular Hoof Rite supplement will soon be available from Delta Horseshoe Company on a national and international basis. Hoof Rite is the brain child of Arizona veterinarian Dr. Janice Young and has proven to be popular enough to go national.
Watch for a new titanium alloy shoe coming on the market this summer. Details in Hoofcare #72 (next issue).
Have you seen GE Tools new curved jaw clincher? They are in production and should be at your dealer by now.
Hoofcare is seeking information, opinions, instructions, photographs, etc. of different forms of impression materials used for hoof support for our next issue. Can you help? What are your most common uses of this material? What are some special uses that youve found successful? Please send your comments and ideas as soon as possible. Please do NOT send attachments to email; send photographs or slides or drawings to Hoofcare, PO Box 6600, Gloucester, MA 01930. THANKS!
WHAT'S NEW AT HOOFCARE.COM
Youll want to download or printout one of the top articles on our list . . . "Hoofcare Emergencies" is an article about why horses lose--or dont lose--shoes and what to do about it. There are about 40 articles available on the web site now; I hope you use them! Also new books and videotapes, plus the latest events calendar and more information being added daily! Have you checked the links page lately? You could make it your home page in your browser and keep coming back to it as you tour the entire world of horseshoeing and lameness therapy!
ELSEWHERE ON THE INTERNET
Keep an eye on http://www.farrier.net. This is a developing web site for information about the farrier industry.
Want to visit a good site? Check out http://www.hoof.net, a super new site from three farriers--Derek Poupard, Marc van der Rest, and Michael Castro--who work together in Virginia. They have cases on the site, plus photos of their clinic, and this should be an interesting place where more information will be posted in the future.
NEWS FROM THE BOOK AND VIDEO DEPARTMENT
FARRIERY: FOAL TO RACEHORSE is the title of our newest bestseller. Have you ever thought about foot problems in horses being categorized by age? Author Simon Curtis did, and he has assembled a beauty of a book, with color photos on every page. The section on foals is 45 pages, covering every imaginable tendon and skeletal problem. The section on quarter cracks for horses in training is equally impressive, as is preparing yearlings for sales, and the care of chronic lamenesses in breeding farm stock. It sounds like a Thoroughbred book, but only the in-training section with its litany of aluminum raceplates is specific to that breed. This is an important book for all breeds, all professionals. It is a great achievement and an important reference book. It is the first contemporary farriery book to not start at this is a rasp, this is a hammer....it assumes that you know what youre doing, and takes off from there! Hoofcare is North American distributor for this book. Order yours today on the web site! The cover is on the home page at http://www.hoofcare.com and we have book reviews posted and an order form. Cost is $95 plus $5 postage in the USA, $7 Canada, $15 elsewhere via air mail. Supplies are limited, order now!
FUNCTIONAL ANATOMY OF THE TENDONS by Jean-Marie Denoix DVM Dr. Denoix held all the farrier spellbound at the recent American Farriers Association convention. Here is his first video, detailing the work that each tendon and ligament in the front leg does to support and propel the horse. But he doesnt stop there; he explains injuries to each tendon, and how raising and lowering different parts of the hoof with wedges and shoes and nippers will affect that tendon or ligament. This tape will settle (or start) a lot of arguments! The best part is at the end, where he covers the collateral ligaments of the coffin joint and injuries in the navicular zone. This is a great companion to Chris Pollitts Horse Foot Studies (also available, $55 per tape plus shipping). Order Dr. Denoixs video: $50 plus $5 US shipping, $7 Canada, $10 elsewhere air mail.
WE NEED YOUR ARTICLES AND PHOTOS.
Take pictures of those special cases and send them to Hoofcare! We are always looking for photos of foals with problems, pictures of products in use, and interesting ideas to share. Please do not send photos or artwork by email attachment without prior arrangements.
Thats it for now. As always, write or call with questions and comments, and keep in touch by email anytime you think that Hoofcare can help you in any way.
About H&L Publishing....
Published since 1985, H&L is read by veterinarians, farriers, therapists, and owners/trainers/riders around the world and is the leading resource for the dissemination of new research, technologies, and ideas about the soundness of horses. H&L was honored to receive the American Horse Publications Award for General Excellence in 1998.
H&L is published four times in each subscription period and is sold by subscription only. Cost is $50 in US, $55 in Canada and Mexico, $70 elsewhere in US dollars. An industry-wide "e-letter" called "Hoofcare Online" is sent free of charge to anyone interested in reading news from the hoofcare industry.
Hoofcare's Editorial Advisory Board includes: Robert Bowker DVM, Doug Butler PhD, Emil Carre, Hilary Clayton MRCVS, Bruce Daniels, David Duckett, David Farley, Paul Goodness, Alison Hayes, Kim Henneman DVM, David Hood DVM, Alice Johnson, Grant Moon, William Moyer DVM, Rob Sigafoos, Allen Smith PhD, Tracy Turner DVM, Michael Wildenstein, Janice Young DVM, Chris Pollitt MRCVS, Alan Bailey AWCF, Simon Curtis FWCF, Edward Martin FWCF, Jean-Marie Denoix DVM, Bernard Duvernay, and Osamu Aoki DVM.
H&L's print and email publications are supplemented by a reference book/video resource center, and hoof science information archive on the Internet's World Wide Web at http://www.hoofcare.com.
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