Texas-based farrier David Gilliam hopes his new nonprofit, Equine Soundness Professionals, will help improve horse health by promoting increased collaboration between farriers and veterinarians.
Hoof capsule distortions associated with hoof imbalance typically aren’t severe, they can affect horses’ comfort and be challenging for owners and their farriers to manage.
Given the link between the external shape of the hoof capsule and its internal function, trimming and shoeing should optimize functionality and ultimately reduce stress, both to prevent injury and to treat established pathology, one veterinarian says.
Dr. Debra Taylor describes the visual exam of a healthy hoof and how horses’ feet can change in response to external factors.
Research has provided farriers with a better understanding of how weight-bearing and loading affect hoof wall growth.
Underrun heels can contribute to problems such as chronic heel pain, bruising, lameness, reduced performance, and more.
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