Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Hoofcare 101 Part Three: Functional Aspects of Sole Loading and Heel Expansion

by Fran Jurga | 10 March 2009 | Fran Jurga's Hoof Blog

Welcome to Part 3 of this week's featured video series on hoof function and anatomy from the Extension Service. The segments feature farrier instructor Nate Allen from Central Community Technical College in Hastings, Nebraska.

"Wait a minute, where's Part 2?" you may ask. There's a technical glitch with that video, and I hope to have it ready for you as soon as possible. In the meantime, pat yourself on the back: you can graduate to Part 3!

The majority of this segment is footage from the excellent video/dvd "Horse Foot Studies" by Dr. Chris Pollitt of the Australian Equine Laminitis Research Unit and Wild Horse Research Unit at the University of Queensland, Australia. The complete video is available from Hoofcare and Lameness Journal; click here to place an order.

Click here to view part one of the video series, which is made possible by the University of Nebraska and Purina Mills. Please note that this is a very general introduction to foot anatomy and functions; much more in-depth material is available for study for those who seek it, but this is a good introduction.

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1 comment:

Heidi Meyer said...

Excellent video, though I do wish the hoof had been trimmed properly to show how the frog, bars, and sole support. This hoof is pathological, in it is too long in the toe, the bars are folded over/forward, and the frog has not fully developed.
Because of the length of toe, and the stretching that most certainly has gone on at the corium level (around the coffin bone) the toe is receiving too much pressure. ALso, no mention of peripheral loading was done, only a few words on the fact that a shoe will cause damage.....then going on to say the hoof should be shod. The more study that is done, hopefully using sound hoof models, as that is really the only way to get correct answers, the more will be understood of how the hoof functions and how we can assist it through proper trimming/maintenance.