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.
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.
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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