Jenny Hagen

Jenny Hagen

Jenny Hagen, DVM, PhD, CF, is a veterinarian, re­searcher and certified farrier. She is in private practice for equine ortho­pedics and chiropractic. She is a mem­ber of the faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Leipzig University in Ger­many.

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How Horseshoe Modifications Change Pressure Distribution at the Hoof’s Weight-Bearing Surface

Research suggests compromises to counteract unintended side effects of therapeutic applications
Today’s veterinarians and farriers are confronted with a huge variety of orthopedic horseshoes that either have been developed over long periods or are modernly fashioned. The application of orthopedic horseshoes traditionally has been a therapeutic option to treat certain hoof disorders and other causes of lameness, so that knowledge about their effects on the hoof remains important.
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How Trimming Methods Influence Equine Gait and Load

Leipzig University study finds that hoof-care techniques should be tailored to the individual horse’s needs
The main goals of hoof trimming are to promote the soundness of the hooves and the limbs, support the biomechanical efficiency, and maintain the functionality of the equine foot. During motion, in particular, it is of importance to optimize forces acting on the hoof to maintain structural integrity and function of the equine toe. However, there is no agreement on how to achieve these goals.
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Effects of Trimming on Shape and Dimensions of the Hoof Capsule as Well as on the Phalangeal Alignment

Focus should be on biomechanics, the horse and its environment
No other routine procedure carried out on horses has more impact on soundness and performance than hoof trimming and shoeing. The main goals of hoof trimming are to promote the soundness of the hooves and the limbs, to support the biomechanical efficiency, and maintain functionality of the equine foot.
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