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America's horses have a new place to kick up their hooves. And when they do, every foot and hoof detail will be fully recorded and analyzed!
Earlier this summer, Michigan State University (MSU) opened the doors of its new world-class equine biomechanics research center, the Mary Anne McPhail Equine Performance Center, on its East Lansing, Mich., campus.
Inside the research building, which is dedicated to gait analysis, movement and conditioning analysis of sport horses, is the new Mustad Farrier Center, the result of funding from the Mustad Hoofcare Group.
Designed for the application of experimental shoes and the testing of farrier-related products on research horses, the shoeing center provides the first space at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine where a horse can be shod safely with adequate lighting and ventilation.
Capewell Horsenails and St. Croix Forge, Inc., two companies in the Mustad Hoofcare Group, cooperated to fund the farrier center. Mustad’s U.S. headquarters is in Bloomfield, Conn., where Capewell Horsenails are manufactured, while St. Croix Forge, the world’s largest manufacturer of horseshoes, is located in Forest Lake, Minn.
“We are excited to be part of this project,” says Carlos Lara, president of Capewell Horsenails. “It fits very well with the Mustad philosophy of working for the well-being of the horse. The research done here will benefit the whole horse community—around the world!”
“Congratulations to Dr. Clayton on this wonderful new facility,” adds St. Croix Marketing Director Clint Carlson. “St. Croix Forge is proud to…