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March 2018 FRC Member Newsletter

With a new year

With a new year FRC is excited to roll out a new look on our website! Highlights include: ● Easier navigation ● More information ● Ability to showcase what we do with pictures as well as words As with all change, there will be some things that need tweaking. See something amiss? Have suggestions? Contact our web person with “Website” in the subject line via Foothillsridingclub@gmail.com. And if you haven’t perused our website lately, give it a “click” www.foothillsridingclub.org. Happy Riding! Your Foothills Riding Club Board

February FRC Seminar: Hoof Health & Laminitis The first FRC Seminar of the year was a great time! Dr. Bibi Freer and farrier Jeff Pauley shared information on hoof care, focusing on laminitis prevention. We moved venues and hosted this Seminar in the FENCE house overlooking the new water complex on the cross-country track. There were around eighty-five people in attendance, not including the board members and volunteers! Everyone who came was issued a raffle ticket for a Goodie Mug filled with chocolates, Nickerdoodles, and of course a t-shirt! The refreshments were delicious as usually thanks to our awesome hospitality team. Attendees could enjoy their snacks on the porch, watch the sunset, and get a chance to catch up before the presentation. When the presentation began, Dr. Freer and Jeff discussed how to evaluate a healthy foot and how to recognize abnormalities in the hooves so they don’t develop into bigger problems. There are a few symptoms to look for that are slight in the beginning. A horse that is normally forward may start to become sluggish for no reason. They may have heat in their hooves, and it doesn’t just have to be the front hooves, it may be back hooves too. Next, you might see signs of your horse ‘walking on eggshells,’ rocking, limping, and parking out. At this point if you haven’t already called the vet- you should! This is when changes begin to occur to the hoof that can take quite some time to repair. It can take a whole year to regrow the dorsal hoof wall! Jeff noted that in general, the standard is to only trim/shoe laminitic horses every six weeks compared to the previous notion that they should be shod every 3-4 weeks. Going longer between trimming allows the hoof to harden more and is generally more comfortable for the horse to allow them to grow out a bit. Prevention follows the line of the causes according to Dr. Freer. Make sure that you are not changing the brand or type of grain that you are feeding your horse. You should also make sure that you are limiting your horse’s exposure to diseases, making sure to stay current on vaccines and remembering to get your boosters. If a horse shows classic signs of Cushings Disease, then it is important to get them tested because it can be a major contributor to a