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.
Mediolateral balance is a widely and sometimes misleading term used by equine professionals, in particular farriers and veterinarians. This article aims to clarify terms related to “mediolateral balance” and to give an overview of current research findings regarding trimming and shoeing.
The palmar annular ligament is critically important for the biomechanics of the horse since it stabilizes the fetlock from hyperextension and counteracts the tendency of the sesamoid bones to move abaxial during load.
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.
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.
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.
Campbell, Texas, farrier and American Farriers Team member Sawyer Spradling demonstrates his approach to tuning a distorted pritchel to a punch, a skill that has served him well when he travels to clinics and competitions.
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