How the Horse in Motion Relates to Trimming and Shoeing

Find out why understanding hoof biomechanics is important when making trimming and shoeing decisions for your horse.
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How the Horse in Motion Relates to Trimming and Shoeing
A horse's stride or gait pattern can be impacted by changes in trimming or shoeing.| Photo: iStock

Farriers must understand biomechanics and the forces at work in a horse’s hooves to best make appropriate trimming and shoeing decisions.

During the 2017 International Hoof-Care Summit, held Jan. 24-27, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jenny Hagen, PhD, professor and researcher at Leipzig University’s Institute of Veterinary Anatomy, in Germany, explained how farriers can help horses move better using trimming and shoeing techniques

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Sarah Evers Conrad has a bachelor’s of arts in journalism and equine science from Western Kentucky University. As a lifelong horse lover and equestrian, Conrad started her career at The Horse: Your Guide to Equine Health Care magazine. She has also worked for the United States Equestrian Federation as the managing editor of Equestrian magazine and director of e-communications and served as content manager/travel writer for a Caribbean travel agency. When she isn’t freelancing, Conrad spends her free time enjoying her family, reading, practicing photography, traveling, crocheting, and being around animals in her Lexington, Kentucky, home.

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