Although there is little hard evidence to support the belief, horseshoes have long been implicated as a cause of contracted heels in horses. Researchers in Poland conducted a cross-sectional survey to compare results between shod and unshod horses.
Horseshoes and Heel Contraction
Although there is little hard evidence to support the belief, horseshoes have long been implicated as a cause of contracted heels in horses. For this reason, researchers in Poland conducted a cross-sectional survey measuring the frogs of 114 horses in 22 stables and compared the results between shod and unshod horses.
Hoof Loading During Laminitis
A study by researchers from the Veterinary Medicine, Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, Germany, examined hoof loading in laminitic horses compared with normal controls. Fifty-four horses were divided into three groups:
Boredom during stall confinement causes many equine behavior and welfare problems. Researchers examined seven healthy horses from the Brazilian Army Sergeants School for the behavioral and welfare effects of using a hay bag with small openings designed to extend the time required for horses to consume their daily ration of hay.
In a collaborative effort, Swedish, Dutch, Swiss and American researchers conducted an experiment with seven clinically normal upper-level dressage horses to examine movement asymmetry on a treadmill at walking and sitting trot speeds.
Swiss researchers surveyed 133 Icelandic competition horses at four international horse shows to assess the relationships between hoof size, shape and balance, and the occurrence of hoof pathology and athletic performance.
Swiss researchers surveyed 133 Icelandic competition horses at four international horse shows to assess the relationships between hoof size, shape and balance, and the occurrence of hoof pathology and athletic performance. Measurements and radiographs of the left front and hind hooves were taken at the competitions with additional measurements made from the radiographs at a later date.
Two experiments conducted at the University of Queensland’s Australian Equine Laminitis Research Unit examined energy metabolism and perfusion of the laminae during the experimental induction of laminitis with and without the use of ice boots to provide continuous digital hypothermia.
Illinois farrier Vern Powell shares the benefits of looking at feet in terms of steel length instead of a standard factory shoe sizes. It could give you a leg up in a forging competition or when sitting for an examination.
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