I owe an apology to the horse that is long since overdue. In the years since beginning my farrier career, I have made many a mistake — some bred of ego, but most of ignorance. To the horse, I vow I will do better.
A collaborative effort between veterinarians in the United States and Australia explored the use of a T-shaped compression plate normally used for fracture repair to rigidly attach the coffin bone to the hoof wall, with the idea of using this approach to treat severe acute laminitis.
Researchers in Australia used finite element modeling to compare the mechanical effects of toe-in conformation vs. normal conformation on the response of the coffin bone to simulated degeneration of the laminar junction between the hoof wall and the coffin bone.
Ohio State University scientists conducted an experiment with 10 healthy adult mares to determine whether supplementation with a commercial hoof supplement (LinPro) over a 32-week period would increase hoof growth rates among supplemented horses compared with controls fed the same ration but without the supplement.
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