Sen­si­tive feet Re­pair­ing a crack

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Q

My Thor­ough­bred al­ways seems to go lame after a far­rier visit. It only lasts a day or so, but it’s an­noy­ing. Is this a com­mon thing? Gail Tay­lor, Nor­wich

A

The equine foot is a highly dy­namic struc­ture. Act­ing like a leaf spring, it helps with shock ab­sorp­tion dur­ing move­ment to re­duce con­cus­sion. Breed adap­ta­tions that help to gen­er­ate speed within Thor­ough­bred horses, through the rel­a­tive light­ness and an­gle of the dis­tal limb, also present par­tic­u­lar chal­lenges to the strength of their feet. Th­ese chal­lenges re­quire care­ful and at­ten­tive man­age­ment and far­rier sup­port. So, if I was your far­rier, I would want to have the op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss this with you. It may seem a sim­ple thing but com­ing to­gether to have a dis­cus­sion will be the foun­da­tion of an ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion.

Work­ing to­gether

As re­gards an an­swer to your prob­lem, there are many things that a far­rier can do. Where a shod so­lu­tion of­fers the best pos­si­ble way for­ward, shoes can be de­signed and made that meet the spe­cific needs of that horse. When build­ing the per­fect shoe for your horse, your far­rier will con­sider the best ma­te­rial to use, what sec­tion of the hoof is be­ing shod, nail po­si­tion and pitch. If a nailed-on shoe is not con­sid­ered help­ful, then there are mod­ern ma­te­ri­als that of­fer bonded so­lu­tions us­ing ma­te­ri­als that closely as­sim­i­late the equine hoof. Im­print Equine Foot Care pro­duce a range of bonded biodegrad­able horse­shoes that sup­port a full range of eques­trian ac­tiv­i­ties and ad­dress the chal­lenges de­scribed here.

If your horse is reg­u­larly go­ing lame after shoe­ing, dis­cuss this with your far­rier

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