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By Christy West
What do Quality Road, Big Brown, Tiznow, and E Dubai have in common? They're all major stakes winners with at least one other commonality-hoof problems that affected their careers. They're certainly not alone; hoof problems strike Thoroughbreds, from Triple Crown contenders to claimers, resulting in lameness, high farrier bills, and lost training days, races, and purses.
We'd all like to avoid sore heels, quarter cracks, sole bruises, wall separations, interference injuries, and other hoof problems in our racehorses. But as these big runners with top-of-the-line care illustrate, sometimes these obstacles are just facts of life for horses whose job is hurtling their 1,000-plus pounds (plus a jockey) down the track at 35-40 miles per hour.
Luckily, there is good news: With vigilance, good horsemanship, and care from experienced professionals, most hoof problems can be prevented or managed so horses can train and race to their full potential.
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