H & L Online News
A collection of informal news from Hoofcare & Lameness: The
Journal of Equine Foot Science
WHATS IN THIS NEWSLETTER
New readers: Hoofcare & Lameness is a quarterly printed journal, dedicated to the prevention and treatment of lameness problems in horses and the promotion of professional-quality hoofcare. H&L supports and encourages a worldwide network of farriers, veterinarians, and equine therapists who generously share information with each other and with the horse-owning public through the magazine. Additional resources are a reference book and videotape retail sales center, literature search service, and an active World Wide Web informational site (http://www.hoofcare.com).
Just when the rest of the world is going on vacation, the horses make us work harder than ever! I hope everyone is in good health and full of energy. Remember to take a break once in a while!
I've been to the trade show at Equitana USA in Louisville, KY as well as doing all the usual ear-to-the-ground networking to bring you news of products that may help you. Here's a few suggestions:
Mustad now has a feed supplement and horse treat. (Mustad tel: 860.242.3650)
No Vibes bonded horseshoes ("yellow rims") were on the feet of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Real Quiet (No Vibes tel 626.914.5471)
EmergeVision is marketing the high-tech diagnostic tool of the year: the DTIS 500 thermal imaging system pinpoints heat and/or inflammation and may teach us all a lot about locating pain sources and responses (email: info@EmergeVision.com or tel 800.945.5310)
Norfields now makes a "magnetic sock" for horses. It's a slip-on magnetic treatment with moveable magnets and was quite a hit at Equitana as promoted by California farrier Meredith Clarke (Norfields tel 800.344.8400)
Arbee neoprene ice boots are easy to apply and use "real" ice instead of gel packs. (Arbee email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ibex is the name of a new glueable shoe from the UK. (Ibex tel (UK) 01772 324 444)
Allucast is making wide magnetic "sweepers" to clear barn aisles and yards of nails and glass. They look like giant squeegees. (Allucast tel (UK) 015555 751611)
Boot/shoes are a popular new product. Versa-Plate from Montana is a new name around here (Versa-Plate tel 406.327.8894)
Bapten has been approved for use on bowed tendons. (Boehringer Ingelheim tel 800.325.9167)
Luwex USA is now making full "expansion" pads, in the same great colors. (Email email@example.com or tel 781/461-5433)
Thoro'Bred's Sole Pack is now available in liquid form, in a can with a brush. (Email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 800.854.6059).
Equine Forgings has a new "Sole Saver" pad with a metal insert designed to both stabilize the pad and hold packing in place. (Equine Forgings tel 800.268.2958)
Ice Tape is a "cool" new product. Hard to explain, but it's a cross between vet-wrap and a frozen gel-pack and it stays cold. (Internet www.firstaidpak.com tel. 800.832.6054) If you have a new product, be sure to send photos and details to our office: Hoofcare, POBox 6600, Gloucester, MA 01930.
Life Data Labs has recently published studies by Dr. Sue Kempson in the UK, detailing the process of outer-hoof-wall tubule degeneration by bacterial invasion. These fascinating photos may be step one to understanding how and why some poor-footed horses do not respond to nutritional supplements. Life Data Labs's new "Hoof Antiseptic" is their first step in a new direction of combating hoof breakdowns. (Internet www.lifedatalabs.com tel (800) 624-1873)
Researchers in London have found a link between hoof impact shock and "bleeding" in racehorses. A fascinating study will bear further research, but a tenuous link from the foot to the spine, creating a lung vibration that spreads forward and induces hemorrhage was identified. Read more about it in Hoofcare & Lameness Issue #70.
Laminitis linked to seasonal or climactic sugar-synthesis in grass will be one of the main topics at September's International Laminitis Research Symposium in Stoneleigh, England. Speakers include Drs. Chris Pollitt, David Hood, Robert Eustance, and many endocrinologists and plant scientists. For more info, email us! The conference is sponsored by Dodson and Horrells, British feed specialists.
UNDERSTANDING THE EQUINE FOOT by Fran Jurga...I hope you will forgive the title, since we know that none of us truly does understand the foot, but I hope this book will be a meeting ground between owners, farriers, and veterinarians so that a common ground can be found in the treatment of lameness in the horse. This is not a shoeing book or a vetmed book; it is a book about how a foot should be cared for, when sound or injured. It is designed to help the owner care for the horse and to help professionals care for the owner. Foreword by Dr Hilary Clayton; color art by Dr. Chris Pollitt. Cost $14.95 plus $4 postage. (E-mail email@example.com)
HORSEPEOPLE: Writers and Artists and Their Horses...An art book, a literary book, but not to be missed. Art from the caliber of Jaimie Wyeth; stories by the caliber of Jane Smiley and Pam Houston. This is contemporary stuff, powerful writing. A coffee table book, all color art, big enough type for over-40s to read. THE gift book for 1999. $30 plus $6 postage. (E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org)
When the Body Says Ouch: Identifying Pain in the Performance Horse (video) by Dr. Kim Henneman. Remember that name! Here's a video you'll watch more than once. More than a clinic in a cassette, this tape offers great help in looking at stance and posture in the horse and how differently sound and lame horses hold themselves. Discussions of dentistry, saddle fit, shoeing, and lots more. 65 minutes $50 plus $4 postage. (E-mail email@example.com)
Interesting web sites to check in your spare time: www.patentskon.com http://espn.sportszone.com/editors/health/archive.html
Thanks to everyone out there who has been so supportive of Hoofcare & Lameness, both of our print journal and the web site. I appreciate each and every one of you. If you feel like celebrating tonight, please do--you have good reason! Here's why:
At last week's American Horse Publications awards ceremony in San Diego, Hoofcare & Lameness received the AHP's general excellence award for a horse publications with a circulation under 15,000. This is a huge honor for me, and for all of you who offer your comments, return our surveys, buy our books and videos, call and say "hi," and just generally keep me going, financially and personally. We won other awards (yes, for that cover of Issue #69 with the leaping horse, and for general graphic design) but the excellence award....that's "the big one". Thank you, everyone!
Call, write, e-mail, or visit our office if you are in the area (bring your life jacket, we're out on a dock). Thanks for keeping me inspired!
Your friend, Fran Jurga Publisher Hoofcare & Lameness
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About H&L Publishing
Hoofcare & Lameness, The Journal of Equine Foot Science, is a professional journal of technical information related to the prevention and therapy of performance-related injuries, conformational challenges, and diseases of the foot that affect the world's horses.
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 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.
H&L's print edition is supplemented by a reference book resource center, events listings, newsletters and press releases available on the Internet's World Wide Web at http://www.hoofcare.com.
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