Ground Reaction Forces: Why Horses Injure Themselves

I sometimes say I am a biomechanics nerd. I don’t know nearly as much as I want to, but I know enough to think it is fascinating! I have watched and listened to many lectures by Dr. Renate Weller, equine veterinarian with an advanced degree and interest in biomechanics, and love how she describes the horse’s limb as a “miracle of bioengineering” – how do they work the way we ask them to, and not completely fall apart?

Well, sometimes they do! For this week’s podcast episode, I chatted with Dr. Weller about why horse’s injure themselves, and how we as hoofcare providers affect the movement and biomechanics of the horse.

You can hear the conversation on any podcast app under “The Humble Hoof,” or listen directly at this link.



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