Managing Equine Caudal Hoof Problems

A farrier shares ways he addresses issues in the caudal aspect of the horse’s foot.
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Managing Equine Caudal Hoof Problems
Quarter cracks (pictured here), heel cracks, bar cracks, collapsed heels, and underrun heels are all problems that can occur in the caudal area of the horse's hoof. | Photo: Amy Rucker, DVM

While many farriers might focus on the front half of the horse’s foot—specifically the toe— the caudal aspects (back half) also requires careful attention.

That’s because the back half of the foot can fail in many ways, said Danvers Child, CJF, of Lafayette, Indiana, during his presentation at the 2017 International Hoof-Care Summit held Jan. 24-27 in Cincinnati, Ohio. And how to identify and manage such problems has been a topic of debate among farriers.

Childs has more than 35 years of experience as a sport and performance horse farrier. Additionally, he served as the official farriers supervisor at the Alltech FEI 2010 World Equestrian Games, in Lexington, Kentucky. He is also the official farrier of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

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Sarah Evers Conrad has a bachelor’s of arts in journalism and equine science from Western Kentucky University. As a lifelong horse lover and equestrian, Conrad started her career at The Horse: Your Guide to Equine Health Care magazine. She has also worked for the United States Equestrian Federation as the managing editor of Equestrian magazine and director of e-communications and served as content manager/travel writer for a Caribbean travel agency. When she isn’t freelancing, Conrad spends her free time enjoying her family, reading, practicing photography, traveling, crocheting, and being around animals in her Lexington, Kentucky, home.

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