Innovative Racing: Barefoot Training, Hoof Casting, and 3D Printing

Do thoroughbreds have to be shod?
……What about thoroughbreds in training?

Are there other ways to incorporate protection for these horses in race training that minimize the wear and tear on the hoof capsule from their high mileage?

I spoke with Derek Poupard, farrier at Godolphin race training in Dubai, about his approach to thoroughbred feet, which incorporates barefoot training, as well as his ventures into hoof casting and 3D printed pads for protection.

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