A Closer Look at Foal Hoof Balance
While foals are on their feet and mobile within hours of birth, gait and balance mature and stabilize over time. To learn more about the dynamic changes the hoof undergoes in the first six months, a team of Dutch researchers recorded pressure plate measurements at walk and trot from 10 Dutch Warmblood foals in their first 24 weeks.
The team measured toe-heel and medial-lateral (inside to outside) hoof balance asymmetry, as well as preferred landing strategy of the front and hind limbs.
“The results of this study showed that the dynamic hoof balance changes during early life in foals,” said Ben Gorissen, DVM, PhD, who conducted this research while a PhD candidate at Utrecht University’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and is now a lecturer at Aeres MBO Almere, both in The
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