How Hoofcare Affects Movement

There have been endless discussions on how what we apply to a horse’s foot affects its movement. How can we help the horse move more comfortably? What can help ease breakover? Are we doing the right thing when it comes to our trim or shoeing approach?

When I came across Dr. Kate Horan’s study on how hoofcare affects breakover duration, I was especially interested. Her team looked at a variety of options – steel shoes, aluminum shoes, GluShus, and barefoot – across both a turf surface and an artificial surface, to determine if any of these options change how the horse moves at various speeds.

I reached out to Dr. Horan to see if she would discuss her methods and results with me for a podcast episode.

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