A Different Point Of View

Wisconsin farrier experiments with video to learn more about equine gaits

Thanks to advancing technology, it’s never been easier or more efficient for farriers to utilize video in their hoof-care practice.

According to the exclusive 2016 Farrier Business Practices Survey conducted by American Farriers Journal, 54% of farriers use a smartphone to record video in their practice, a 3% increase from the 2014 study.

Burlington, Wis., farrier Kendra Skorstad is among those who employ video to improve knowledge of the horses that are under their care.

“I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve logged looking at videos over and over,” she told attendees at the Farriers’ Day event at Country View Equine Clinic in Oregon, Wis. “You see something different every time you look at it. The more I look, the more I want to know. California farrier Ernest Woodward has inspired me to look further and given me ideas for different views.”

Static Before Dynamic

Before watching the horse move, Skorstad prefers to assess the horse in the static position.

Farrier Takeaways

Studying video provides clues about how the horse is moving and feeling.

An aerial view provides insight into how the pelvis follows the shoulders, as well as discrepancies in range of motion in the hips.

Nontraditional footage that follows behind the horse’s feet can evaluate
loading and unloading, as well as determining whether an injury is present.

“It’s my starting point,” she says. “I walk all the way around the horse. I want to see the foot from every angle. You can look at a foot from…

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Jeff cota 2023

Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota has been a writer, photographer and editor with newspapers and magazines for 30 years. A native of Maine, he is the Lead Content Editor of American Farriers Journal.

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