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 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 or by calling 800/582-5604.

Articles by: Fran Jurga

The Natural Hoof: A Sign of the Times

The feet of wild horses have been able to adapt to their environment, while the feet of domestic horses seem to consistently fail at adapting and instead collapse, crack, flare, and bruise.

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Navicular Syndrome Treatment: The Brave New World

In spite of the best care given to horses in the history of their domesticated lives, record numbers of carefully bred, reared, and trained saddle horses are prevented from fully athletic lives by the crippling disease known as navicular syndrome.”n spite of the best

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Equine Foot Research In America

Back in the 1800s, the world really could have used a better hoof on a better horse. History tells us that breeders tried to comply, by including soundness as a criterion for reproduction. Veterinary medicine complied with

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Horse Show Shoes

Winter’s finally over and you’re ready to roll down the road. Your horse is fit, you’ve been coached to new heights, and visions of blue ribbons dance in your dreams. Suddenly, your happy dream turns into a nightmare as you recall what happened

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Welfare, Farrier Groups Advise Caution on Do-It-Yourself Hoofcare

The International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) has issued a statement cautioning enthusiastic horse owners not to tackle their own hoof care work in pursuit of a natural unshod hoof. Reacting to the groundswell of popular interes”P>The International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) has i

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British Study Looks At Training and Injury

Racehorse owners might one day be able to handicap a horse’s risk of injury. A new study in its early stages at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in the United Kingdom is monitoring a group of two-year-olds with the intention of using the data

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Saratoga Conference Zeroes In on the Environment

For the second consecutive year, Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the New York State Thoroughbred Breeders Association hosted a stellar lineup of veterinary and Thoroughbred industry experts during the Saratoga race meet.

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Tufts’ New Certificate Program

In closing the Meeting of the Minds, Anthony Schwartz, PhD, DVM, associate dean at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and program director for the Tufts Animal Expo, stressed that Tufts is determined to establish itself as a leader with

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Tufts Animal Expo

At this year’s Tufts Animal Expo Educational Conference, the horse took a back seat to tributes for search-and-rescue dogs recently returned from duty in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. The Oct. 10-13 conference was sponsored by the

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Solving Equine Back Pain

A recent survey published in England revealed that 70% of all sport horses sustain at least one musculo-skeletal disorder in any training season. In the past few years, horse health professionals have expressed the need for better and more

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Wild Herd Dispersed

Controversy arose when feral horses from Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota were culled for open auction (as opposed to BLM-type adoptions) in October 2000. The problem was that mares and stallions culled from the herd for auction

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