Fran Jurga

Fran Jurga is the publisher of Hoofcare & Lameness, The Journal of Equine Foot Science, based in Gloucester, Mass., and Hoofcare Online, an electronic newsletter accessible at www.hoofcare.com. Her work also includes promoting lameness-related research and information for practical use by farriers, veterinarians, and horse owners. Jurga authored Understanding The Equine Foot, published by Eclipse Press and available at www.exclusivelyequine.com or by calling 800/582-5604.

Articles by: Fran Jurga

Farriery is Veterinary Medicine in Florida

On March 2, the Florida Board of Veterinary Practice (FBVP) unanimously voted that their interpretation of the state’s practice act (which governs animal care and what is construed as veterinary medicine) said acupressure, aromatherapy, animal

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Gait Monitoring System Introduced

Farriers got an eyeful of what the future might hold for them at the highest levels of equestrian sport at the American Farrier’s Association (AFA) Convention, held in March 2004 in Rochester, New York. This future is specialized video monitorin

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Hoof Project Foundation Will Fund Lameness Research

Combining scientific research with real-life case management is the mission of the new Hoof Project Foundation headed by David Hood, DVM, PhD. Noted for his research on hoof problems such as laminitis, Hood hopes to work with the horse-owning

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Fructan Possible Key to Laminitis

At sufficient doses, the fructan induces digestive upset and will cause an uncontrolled activation of MMPs (matrix metalloproteinases; these enzymes are thought to be a factor in laminar degradation), triggering laminitis.

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Wild Horses Shot to Death in North Carolina Preserve

Local residents of the remote Outer Banks islands of North Carolina fear that a recent spree of wild horse killings in the western United States might be turning into a disturbing national trend.

In Nov. 2001, four wild horses and a domesti

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Laminitis Researchers Meet

Current research suggests that laminitis has either metabolic or vascular causes. The First International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot made no apologies for presenting laminitis research in its current state of

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Conference For Laminitis Research

Treating laminitis is a frustrating assignment for a veterinarian, who must juggle the welfare of the horse, the emotions of the owner, and the skills of collaborating farriers and therapists, and keep up with the latest information on drug

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Integrated Therapies Conference

Integrated therapies–the preferred term for complementary or alternative therapies–were one of the most popular topics at the Tufts Expo. Allen Schoen, DVM, MS, who led the three-day seminar, discussed therapies for all animals, including

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Pacemaker Recipient Gives Birth

A Thoroughbred/Irish Draught mare received a pacemaker in groundbreaking surgery at Great Britain’s Royal Veterinary (UK) College’s Sefton Equine Hospital in February. Seven-year-old Xena was weak

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Hoof Repair Adhesive Discontinued

The popular two-part adhesive compound used to patch cracks, fill in hoof wall defects, and glue on horseshoes will no longer be sold for use on horses. Sold under various trade names–Thoro-Grip, Hoof Life, Equilox, Grand Circuit, Equi-Bond,”P>The popular two-part adhesive compound used to patch cracks, fill in hoof wall defects, and glue on horseshoes will no longer be sold for use on ho”>The popular two-part adhesive compound used to patch cr

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Living Large: The Death of a Giant

The horse world lost one of its largest celebrities, literally, when the Shire gelding Goliath was laid to rest at the Northcote Heavy Horse Centre in Lincolnshire, England, on July 19. Goliath’s claim

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Progress in Lameness Therapy: Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium 1997

Any treatment of laminitis must be prefaced by answering questions such as: Do I save this horse regardless of the cost? Is it imperative that this horse race again? What sort of care will be available to the horse following application of special “ny treatment of laminitis must be prefaced by answering questions such as: Do I save this horse regardless of the cost? Is it imperative that this horse race again? What s”y treatment of laminitis must be prefaced by answering questions such as: Do I save this horse r” treatment of laminiti

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Navicular Syndrome

Most veterinarians and farriers agree that navicular-type lameness is the foot’s response to stress, particularly repetitive stress that can put uneven pressure on different parts of the horse’s foot.

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Feeding the Foot

Can you feed a foot? You bet! Say a dozen ads in this (and almost every other) horse magazine. Can you improve a horse’s flexibility at higher levels of performance or increase the quality of joint fluid by feeding a supplement? It’s”P>Can you feed a foot? You bet! Say a dozen ads in this (and almost every other) horse magazine. Can you improve a horse’s flexibility at higher levels of performance or increase the quality of joint fluid by fee”>Can you feed a foot? You bet! Say a dozen ads in this (and almost every other) horse magazine. Can you improve a horse’s flexibility at higher levels of performance or increase the qualit”Can you feed a foot? You bet! Say a dozen ads in this (and almost every other) horse magazine. Can you improve a horse’s flexibility at higher levels of performance “an you feed a foot? You bet! Say a dozen ads in this (and almost every other) horse magazine. Can you improve a horse’s flexibility at higher l”n you feed a foot? You bet! Say a dozen ads in this (and almost every other) horse magazine. Can you improve a horse’s fle” you feed a foot? You bet! Say a dozen ads in this (and almost every other) horse magazine. Can you im”you feed a foot? You bet! Say a dozen ads in this (and almost every other) horse ma”ou feed a foot? You bet! Say a dozen ads in this (and almost ever”u feed a foot? You bet! Say a dozen ads in this ” feed a foot? You bet! Say a doz”feed a foot? You b”eed a

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