Study: Horses Find ‘Comfort’ After Trimming and Reshoeing
“I think it’s akin to the feeling you get after you trim your fingernails and toenails,” said Jay A. Daniel, PhD, professor of animal science at Berry College, in Mount Berry, Georgia. “They just feel a bit better.”
In the study, led by Daniel’s undergraduate student Rosemary Groux, scientists fitted seven riding horses with accelerometers on one hind limb, which the horses wore 23 hours a day for more than two weeks. All seven geldings—Quarter Horses, a Thoroughbred, and a Warmblood—lived in pastured groups of about 12 horses on the Berry College campus.
Halfway through the study period, three of the horses underwent trimming and reshoeing, in line with their regular six-week farriery schedule, Daniel said. The other four received all the handling associated with trimming and reshoeing by the same farrier but, as the control group, did not actually get their feet trimmed or
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