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Pointing out that hoof balance or imbalance helps explain much about the mechanics of the foot, Michael Wildenstein says you need to evaluate both to determine how to trim and shoe to reduce abnormal stress in the moving horse. He told members of the American Association of Equine Veterinarians at their annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, that fully understanding the mechanics of the hoof actually makes it easier to balance the hoof.
The resident farrier at Cornell University and a 2008 International Hoof-Care Summit speaker says hoof balance includes hoof shape and condition below the hairline. He says mechanics include all forces that affect the hoof, such as rider balance, injuries and limb conformation.
A posting on the American Farriers Journal Web site’s Farriers Forum asked about the use of Venice turpentine. Esco Buff, a farrier from Webster, N.Y., says the product has been helpful when applied to thin or bruised soles. While it causes the sole to exfoliate faster, Buff says to avoid applying it to the frog as it will dry out the tissue. He finds Venice turpentine is best applied to freshly trimmed feet twice a day for 3 to 5 days. After that time, he has customers wire brush the soles and apply the product once a week.
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