Dealing with Hoof Capsule Distortion and Dysfunction

What do a dish, a crack, a flare, and a sheared heel have in common? All are hoof distortions.
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Dealing With Hoof Capsule Distortion and Dysfunction
Sheared heels are a common hoof distortion. | Photo: Scott E. Morrison, DVM

What do a dish, a crack, a flare, and a sheared heel have in common? All these problems fall under the hoof distortion umbrella.

“An undesirable shape change is a distortion,” which can lead to discomfort and lameness, said Scott Morrison, DVM, of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, in Lexington, Kentucky, during the 2017 Annual International Hoof-Care Summit, held Jan. 24-27, in Cincinnati, Ohio

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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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