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« on: December 12, 2009, 01:04:10 AM »

Preliminary study that didn't determine much:
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/54397/exercise-causes-slight-hoof-changes-researchers-report
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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2009, 04:50:40 PM »

Interesting that 30% of lameness is foot related.  I wouldn't have thought it was that high.  No hoof, no horse!
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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2009, 04:57:38 PM »

No foot, no horse is truth. thumbs up
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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2010, 11:51:48 AM »

Interesting that 30% of lameness is foot related.  I wouldn't have thought it was that high.  No hoof, no horse!

  It's my belief the percentage is much higher.
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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2010, 12:09:56 PM »

  There are 2 excellent books on Natural Hoof Care.  Jaime Jackson's "The Natural Horse" and Pete Ramey's "Making Natural Hoofcare Work For You".  Both are based on studies of wild mustang hooves.  Very interesting reading.  Ramey's is a little easier to understand, he speaks in layman's terms.  Jackson gets a bit long-winded but he includes lots of info on wild horse behavior in general.  Also has excerpts from the writings of Xenophon, a famous Greek general who was known for his methods of horse care... back in the days when horses were the main strength of an army and literally meant the difference between life and death, and survival of civilizations.
  Also, the Horse Expo at Harrisburg is coming up in February.  I always try to attend and make it a point to attend seminars from KC LaPierre.  He has one where he dissects a cadaver hoof.  As he cuts away layers he explains the function of each ligament, blood vessels, bones, etc.  I'm usually front and center with my nose right in there.
  I've had all 3 of my horses on the barefoot program for 4 years now.  Love the results.  I did, however, opt to shoe my mare when I did the outriding at Bloomsburg.  Wasn't sure how the hooves would hold up pounding on the racetrack and wasn't willing to risk a lame horse.  But trail riding over these rocky mountain trails, they do fine, in fact, I much prefer the better traction they get barefoot.  It's constant maintenance though, not for the lazy.  Wild horses continually wear their feet down, it's when domesticated hooves get too long they start to split, crack, and break... nature's way of trying to correct the excessive growth... so you have to lightly file the feet every couple days and have them professionally trimmed on a regular basis.
  I have a blog going and will be adding info on the barefoot program.  My man, who does all my trimming, took a friend's foundered horse and made him sound again.  Took 8 months of constant maintenance, but it worked.  I have before/after pics which I will be posting on my blog.
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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2010, 12:12:00 PM »


  I read that article and am guessing those horses were shod.  Would be interesting to see them do a study using 4 control groups.  Working shod, working unshod, pasture shod, pasture unshod.
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