Managing Horse Hoof Balance and Capsule Distortion

Hoof capsule distortions associated with hoof imbalance typically aren’t severe, they can affect horses’ comfort and be challenging for owners and their farriers to manage.
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Hoof capsule distortions associated with hoof imbalance typically aren’t severe, they can affect horses’ comfort and be challenging for owners and their farriers to manage. | Photo: iStock

Hoof capsule distortions—any change in shape from “normal”—associated with hoof imbalance typically aren’t severe, they can affect horses’ comfort and be challenging for owners and their farriers to manage.

Andrew Parks, MA, VetMB, Dipl. ACVS, MRCVS, professor and head of the department of large animal medicine at the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine, in Athens, described how to handle these during the 2018 British Equine Veterinary Association Congress, held Sept. 12-15 in Birmingham, U.K

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Alexandra Beckstett, a native of Houston, Texas, is a lifelong horse owner who has shown successfully on the national hunter/jumper circuit and dabbled in hunter breeding. After graduating from Duke University, she joined Blood-Horse Publications as assistant editor of its book division, Eclipse Press, before joining The Horse. She was the managing editor of The Horse for nearly 14 years and is now editorial director of EquiManagement and My New Horse, sister publications of The Horse.

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