Dropped Sole
Daisy Bicking, a farrier based in Parkesburg, Pa., has been documenting horses’ hooves for more than a decade. Over this time she has built a database of around 200,000 hoof images and radiographs—many of which belong to horses suffering from equine metabolic syndrome-associated laminitis. She has also developed a program for rehabilitating horses recovering from this endocrine-related disease. To determine how effective her strategy really is, she conducted a retrospective study and presented her results at the 2013 International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot, held Nov. 1-3 in West Palm Beach, Fla.

“Equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) is one of the most c

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