Anatomy

2018 International Hoof-Care Summit

[Video] WHOLE HORSE APPROACH: The Significance Between Equine Poor Posture And Conformation

Understanding the relationship between what’s above the distal limb is important for farriers to recognize. In this lecture, equine chiropractor Dr. Patricia Bona will discuss an important aspect of equine chiropractic care: the basics of evaluating posture and how to evaluate the difference between posture and conformation (as too many confuse the two).
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[Video] P3 Angle And Its Relationship To Hoof Wall Angle

Does P3 bone angle dictate hoof wall angle? In his research, Straffordshire, England, farrier Jonathan Nunn set out to answer his question. Through his work of analyzing 100 front and hind cadaver limbs, Nunn investigated the variation of angles of P3 to test the hypothesis of angular similarity of bone morphology to hoof wall angle. This research helped earn Nunn a Fellowship of the Worshipful Company of Farriers.
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[Video] Development Of A Biomechanical System For Equine Analysis (Part 1)

Curious about forces on the foot in the dynamic state, Italian farrier Dominico Cellaro became inspired to create his own system for measurement. But it isn’t just a machine used as a novelty. Through his research, he’s uncovering interesting findings that help us understand how horseshoes affect the different gaits in relation to ground reaction forces.
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[Video] Foal To Maturity: A Discussion Of Comparative Anatomy (Part 2)

In the continuation of this lecture, Stuart Muir of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., covers shoeing options in relation to assessment, growth plate education and a new grading scale they’ve adopted at the clinic. The talk goes into all common and not so common issues, including flexural deformities and treatment of club-footed foals. He’ll also survey several treatment options utilized by the footcare team at his clinic.
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[Video] Foal To Maturity: A Discussion Of Comparative Anatomy (Part 1)

Farriers understand that the foal’s bones are still developing in the early months of the horse’s life. But what specifically are the differences between the immature and mature foot. In this presentation, Paige Poss of Tucson, Ariz., will survey the anatomy of these structures, first by discussing how the immature bone responds and adapts as it grows to maturity.
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Research Journal: March 2018

The information, ideas and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the United States Department of Agriculture.
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.
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The Farrier’s Role In Correcting Angular Limb Deformities

Proven techniques for treating mild to serious deviations in foals
Angular limb deformities in foals are not created equal. Yet, corrections can be made with quick and appropriate farriery and veterinary intervention. After nearly a half-century of hoof-care experience, including 2 decades as the head farrier at the University of California Veterinary School in Davis, Kirk Adkins has considerable experience with angular limb deformities, particularly in Thoroughbred foals.
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Summit Delivers Powerful Takeaways For Attendees

Industry professionals share some of the ideas they learned that will most benefit their practices
Another record number of equine hoof-care professionals invested in their continuing education in Cincinnati, Ohio, for the 15th annual International Hoof-Care Summit for “Sound Strategies For Better Footcare.” A wealth of information from some of the most knowledgeable hoof-care experts in the world was offered up to the 1,270 attendees from 18 countries.
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Defining The Hoof Quarters

The prevalence of caudal foot problems leads Hall Of Fame farrier to spell out the critical, yet elusive, description
The front half of a horse’s hoof has been the center of trimming and shoeing discussions for quite some time. Specifically, finding the ideal breakover point has been the focus of countless conversations and endless training. Lafayette, Ind., farrier Danvers Child points out that the vast majority of hoof issues occur in the back half of the foot, not the front.
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