The Horse’s Shock Absorber

With horses moving over various surfaces and having to handle the jobs we ask to do of them, there is always talk about additional support and cushioning for their feet. But did you know that the equine hoof has a built in shock absorber?

The hoof’s digital cushion is the horse’s built- in “shocks,” and is the topic of a lot of discussion, especially when it comes to navicular issues, phalangeal alignment, and palmar angle.

When I found out that Dr. Sharon Warner had focused her PhD research on the digital cushion, I reached out to her to see if she would be willing to chat with me about her research and what we know about this important structure!

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