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LAMENESS

I have an extensive background with lameness cases in general, but more specifically in the performance horse. When you encounter lameness or an issue with one of these horses, itís imperative that you truly understand the cause and nature of the lameness, corrections, what these horses really do, and have the ability to work in conjunction with a veterinarian to make sure that you put together the best shoeing protocol possible to ensure the horse can overcome the issue and gain soundness as soon as possible. The corrective shoeing that is put into place will be critical to the horseís recovery, not just short term but long term as well. That being said you have to understand the physiology and anatomy of the lower limb- from the shoulder and hips down. You have to have a thorough knowledge of the anatomic location, function, and possible pathologies of all the ligaments, tendons, bones, joints, and hoof capsule. You have to understand x-rays, be able to read them, and have the knowledge to properly communicate with a vet. These abilities take a thorough education, but also a lot of experience.

Dealing with a corrective shoeing protocol on a pleasure horse is challenging enough, but doing it on a hunter or jumper is 100 times more extensive, as you factor in what is expected out of the horse as it does its job, and the demand that is placed on the lower limb.
 

 

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