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Healthy Hooves 360: Expert Hoof Care Advice from Farrier Danvers Child, CJF

Healthy Hooves 360: Expert Hoof Care Advice from Farrier Danvers Child, CJF

(Presented live on August 22, 2012)

Description: Strong, healthy hooves are the foundation for a strong, healthy horse. But how do you make sure your horse’s hooves in tip-top shape? Join us for a FREE webinar with expert farrier Danvers Child, CJF, for a comprehensive look at hoof heath, covering everything from hoof dynamics and anatomy, to trimming and shoeing, to hoof growth and maintenance.

Lydia F. Gray, DVM, MA SmartPak Staff Veterinarian and Medical Director Dr. Lydia Gray has earned a Bachelor of Science in agriculture, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), and a Master of Arts focusing on interpersonal and organizational communication. After “retiring” from private practice, she put her experience and education to work as the American Association of Equine Practitioner’s first-ever Director of Owner Education. Dr. Gray continues to provide health and nutrition information to horse owners through her position at SmartPak, through publication in more than a dozen general and trade publications, and through presentations around the country. She is the very proud owner of a Trakehner named Newman that she actively competes with in dressage and combined driving. In addition to memberships in the USDF and USEF, Dr. Gray is also a member of the Illinois Dressage and Combined Training Association (IDCTA). She is a USDF “L” Program Graduate and is currently working on her Bronze Medal. Find Dr. Gray on Google+

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8 comments on “Healthy Hooves 360: Expert Hoof Care Advice from Farrier Danvers Child, CJF
  1. Cady Rosko says:

    I thought that this was a great blog it was very informative it was really good put together and was very good. I would love to be contacted on any other one that you are going to have on anything about horses or viruses or anything else.

  2. AliciaBurke says:

    Diego & I miss you, Danvers! Thank you for pearls of wisdom and great pics illustrating same. Wish you could travel to New Mexico! Keep up the strong work.

  3. Shari Fitzgerald says:

    I have a 7yr 18h Draft cross- Nasty feet w little Hoof Wall ( throws shoes) I started him on Lincare supplement because it has 227 mg of Biotin. He now does not go outside tying to regrow the hoof.
    Looking for Any Advice – Farrier says he feet are looking better but they just Grow So Slow.

    • SmartPak SmartPak says:

      Hi Shari, thanks for your question. First, we wanted to mention that proper blood flow to the hoof is just as important as good nutrition when it comes to hoof growth and health. Therefore we recommend making sure your horse gets sufficient activity and exercise in order to encourage his hooves to grow. Limiting activity by restricting turnout can actually inhibit hoof growth, so in general we would recommend trying to get your horse more turnout rather than keeping him inside. You may also want to consider a supplement such as SmartSox which helps to support normal vascularity to the hooves. We’ve included a link for this product below – best of luck!


  4. Molly says:

    Wow, thanks, SmartPak! This has really helped me to glean a better understanding of hooves, and I feel more prepared to make sure that Mudpie’s hooves are receiving the care that they need! 🙂

  5. Karen P. Moyle says:

    thank you for this webinar. I have an excellent farrier. My horse (Arabian) has problems w/his feet.
    I am listening to learn.

  6. Jessica says:

    i need a farrier it clip my horses hooves.

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