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Hoof Beats

Conformational Corrections in Foals

Hoof-care professionals and horse owners can resolve early developmental issues through team approach
With foaling season once again upon us it is a good idea to revisit strategies for conformational corrections. The first important aspect is regular farrier visits and daily farm inspections.
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A Level Hoof

The hoof of any equine athlete adapts to the forces upon it. Looking at a single hoof from different views, a farrier can assess it for levelness and sometimes gain opposing opinions from those views.
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A Level Hoof?

The hoof of any equine athlete adapts to the forces upon it. We look at a single hoof from different views to assess it for level and sometimes gain opposing opinions from those views.
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The Shape of Interference: 'Cow Hocked'

The shape of a horse’s conformation often dictates the form a hoof takes. A “cow hocked” trotter is one example. The hind toes are turned outward and the cap of the hocks are turned inward toward each other. This type of conformation will cause the hind feet to land wider than normal when the horse is in motion. 
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Hoof Beats: Managing Hoof Distortion in Performance Horses

Trim with the medial toe of the hind foot in mind and support the cannon
The balance and levelness of the hind hoof has been a key component of “clean” gaited horses for more than 100 years. Having read books written that long ago, I realized that they had many of the same issues back then that we still deal with today.
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Hoof Beats: Point Of View

Foal conformation can change depending on one’s perspective
Extreme weather like we have been seeing this summer can affect the horse's hooves mightily. Obviously, the most affected horses are those who are out in it more.
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