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Robert Dimitt Sentenced to Prison

THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA vs ROBERT HOWARD DIMITT

Robert Dimitt is accused of horse abuse after he "maliciously and cruelly mutilated" multiple Quarter Horses by cutting the frogs out of their feet, which led to the horses' deaths....
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Horse Owner Farrier Relationship

Partnership with Farrier Crucial to Your Horse's Success

The relationship between farrier and horse owner or trainer is an important, yet often overlooked, part of the success of the equine athlete. Here's how to get the most from it from AFA Certified Journeymen Farriers....
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THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY v. MONICA THORS

Monica Thors, a former harness racing trainer and horse rescuer, was indicted by a grand jury for allegedly causing injury and ultimately death to four of her horses. She is accused of not following veterinarian recommenda...
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Animal Cruelty Robert Dimitt

Robert Dimitt Sentenced to Prison for Torturing Horses

Charlotte Northam, of Ada, alerted authorities to dead horses on Dimitt’s property. Dimitt cut the frogs out of the horses’ hooves to “make them run faster”. ...
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Monica Thors Horse Cruelty Case

Thors Gets Second Chance in NJ Animal Cruelty Case

Monica Thors A New Jersey judge gives an animal cruelty defendant the chance to have felony charges brought against her dismissed. Monica Thors, 57, of Mullica Hill must complete one-year of diversion, altho...
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Robert Dimmitt horse abuse

Hoof Carving Trainer Charged with Additional Counts of Animal Cruelty: Docs

Oklahoma horse trainer Robert Dimitt is accused of cutting the frog out of horses' hooves to "make them run faster". He is charged with two more counts of animal cruelty bringing the total to five....
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Robert Dimitt Killed Horses by Cutting Hooves Off: Witness

Veterinarian Knew About Dimitt's Alleged Horse Abuse: Exclusive

A report obtained exclusively by Rate My Horse PRO exposes a racetrack veterinarian for failing to report allegations of horse abuse by Robert Dimitt prior to his arrest. ...
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Tildren Approved by FDA for Treatment of Navicular in Horses

Tildren Approved by FDA for Treatment of Navicular in Horses

Equine veterinarians in the United States have a new tool for treating their patients' symptoms associated with navicular. Tildren (tiludronate disodium) received FDA approval for the control of clinical signs of navicul...
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Canker is a chronic infection of the frog of the hoof.

How to Treat Equine Canker of the Hoof

Canker is a chronic infection of the frog of the hoof. The frog is the soft, cushioned area at the rear of the sole of the horse’s hoof. ...
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Endurance Horses Go the Distance with Hoof Protection

Endurance Horses Go the Distance with Hoof Protection

When training and preparing a horse for an endurance race, it’s important to have a hoof care plan and regimen in place that is consistent and reliable for the conditions found on endurance courses....
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Find out how to thicken horse soles.

Thickening Horse Soles with Proper Trimming, Pour-in Pads

Lameness is a key sign of thin soles. If the condition isn’t diagnosed, horses are often uncomfortable walking, especially on hard, abrasive surfaces. Some develop sole bruising. When these symptoms are prevalent, it’s...
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when wet conditions are present bacteria and fungus can get trapped in the horse’s hoof wall white line disease can set in.

Solar Support Aids in Healing of White Line Disease

Depending on the severity of the hoof damage caused by white line disease, there are different ways to manage the condition....
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Managing Quarter Cracks in the Horse's Hoof

Managing Quarter Cracks in the Horse's Hoof

When hooves aren’t trimmed properly or horseshoes don’t fit correctly your horse may get a quarter crack caused by excessive force and stress on one area of the hoof wall. Find out what else causes quarter cracks and ho...
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Navicular vs Caudal Heel Syndrome

Navicular or Caudal Heel Syndrome: Detection and Treatment

When horses show lameness, but the prognosis isn’t obvious, it is often diagnosed as Navicular Disease. Navicular is a degenerative disease that affects the Navicular bone and surrounding tissue. More often than not, ho...
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Hoofing it Through Winter

Hoofing it Through Winter

Prolonged wet situations may cause soft feet that are susceptible to more serious problems, including hoof wall separation, thrush and sole abscesses....
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Management of the Foundered Horse with Sole Support

Management of the Foundered Horse with Sole Support

When a farrier shoes the horse, all of the weight is placed on the hoof wall. When the horse moves, the coffin bone and sole are moving downward toward the ground. This creates more stress on the already inflamed lamina....
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Shod to Barefoot: Help Ensure a Comfortable Transition

Shod to Barefoot: Help Ensure a Comfortable Transition

As horses enter breeding season, broodmares become less active while bearing extra weight from pregnancy. Owners can help ensure the transition from shod to barefoot is a comfortable process......
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Keeping horses' bars aligned and healthy are key to prevent a "stacked sole," or worse, a bruised sole or abscess.

Consistent Trimming Keeps Hooves Maintained, Bars Aligned

Proper hoof trimming is vital to preventing injury causing lameness in horses. Keeping horses’ bars aligned and healthy are key to prevent a “stacked sole,” or worse, a bruised sole or abscess....
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Temperature and moisture both directly impact the anatomy and health of hooves.

How to Protect your Horse's Hooves from Negative Impacts of Weather, Temperature

When horseshoes don’t fit correctly, horses distribute their weight unevenly and land on their feet differently. If they put excessive force and stress on one area of the hoof wall, it can cause a vertical crack, otherwis...
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Sound Shoeing for Timed Event Horses

Sound Shoeing for Timed Event Horses

Optimal arch support is achieved by having a healthy frog and sole on a hoof. When a shoe is applied, the frog and sole move away from the ground, so it’s crucial to assure that there is arch support....
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