What Goes on Beneath Horse Hoof Cracks?
When veterinarians and hoof care professionals studying equine anatomy dissect hoof cracks in cadaver limbs, they usually slice down the middle of the fissure and look at the cross section for clues to the biomechanical and pathological causes. Longtime hoof trimmer Paige Poss thought she might be missing something in examining hoof tissue this way, so she did it differently.
“I thought, ‘This time I’m going to cut a window,’” she said. “‘I’m going to take off the front wall and look at the anatomy inside.’”
What the self-described amateur anatomist and photographer found by examining tissues this way changed her perspective on persistent hoof cracks in horses. She shared what she learned with veterinarians and farriers at the 11th annual Northeast Association of Equine Practitioners (NEAEP) symposium, held Sept. 25-28 in Saratoga Springs, New
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