Patrick Reilly, chief of farrier services at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Services, describes techniques for trimming navicular syndrome horses to make them more comfortable.
Your horse’s feet are his foundation. What does a healthy hoof look like? Does your horse need shoes, or is he fine barefoot? And what about hoof boots? Learn how to work with your farrier (or trimmer) and veterinarian to ensure your horse’s feet receive the right care.
Anecdotally, we know that hoof anatomy influences horse soundness and movement, but researchers are working to put science behind that relationship. Here’s what they’ve learned so far.
A systematic approach to examining the equine foot can help veterinarians identify causes of lameness more quickly and accurately.
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.
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