2017 - 86 (4)

Title: 
Biomechanical aspects of farriery in horses
Author(s): 
M. OOSTERLINCK, M. DUMOULIN, E. VAN DE WATER, F. PILLE
Abstract: 

In this paper, the current biomechanical concepts that are important for the evidence-basedapplication of trimming and shoeing techniques in the treatment of lameness in horses are reviewed.Hoof balance, shock absorption, grip versus sliding of the hoof, the pressure distribution within thehoof and hoof breakover are discussed. Moreover, possible effects on the hoof mechanism should betaken into account. Ideally, these issues should be considered in the prevention of injury rather than inthe treatment of established pathology.

Full text: 
pp 256-265
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