Shooting X-rays isn’t as simple as pointing the beam at the hoof and snapping an image. After all, it’s critically important to veterinarians, farriers, horse owners — and the horse — that radiographs contain accurate information.
Czantis appears to be like any other equine athlete. Make no mistake, though, this 11-year-old gray gelding is rare.
While Czantis has found modest success competing as an amateur hunter-jumper, the warmblood’s greatest achievement is that he’s in the ring at all.
X-Rays And Cutting Horses
Researchers examined presale radiographs of 343 Quarter Horses in training to identify lesions associated with the likelihood of competing in cutting events, the likelihood of earning money and the amount of money earned during their 3- and 4-year-old years.
The quest to define the ideal foot and ideal balance has been the Holy Grail of horseshoeing since the late 1800s when William Russell first coined the term “balance” in the context of footcare. The dilemma facing all books on the horse’s foot has been the concept of what is a “normal” foot.
In September, the British Equine Veterinary Association held its annual congress in Liverpool, England. To bridge a better understanding between the two trades, the agenda featured a farrier day with presentations specific to improving hoof care.
Farrier work is a challenging vocation. It’s physically demanding and in some ways requires superhuman vision to anticipate how a change to an external structure (the hoof) will affect the internal structure, such as joints.
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A horse’s conformation exerts a tremendous amount of influence on the hoof capsule, and in turn how a farrier trims and shoes the foot.
Ideally, one should be able to drop a plumb line from the shoulder to the ground that bisects a distal limb that features a carpus and hoof that point forward.
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