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[RC] Hoo Supplements - kstandefer

I'd be willing to bet that the toe cracks and lost shoes have very little to do 
with the effects of EPM and more to do with the hoof being balanced correctly 
front to back.

One way to quickly determine if the hooves are balanced is to get a digital 
camera, set the cannon bones perpendicular to the ground (exactly), then get 
down close to the ground and take a pic from the side that shows the cannon 
bone, pastern and hoof (profile angle, straight on).  

Print the pic out even if just in black/white.  Draw a line through the middle 
of the pastern.  Draw another line through the middle of the hoof following the 
grain of the horn tubules.  If you can't see the horn tubules on the pic, then 
draw a line from the coronary band to the ground following the front of the 
hoof (dorsal hoof wall).  The two lines should be exactly parallel.  My bet is 
that they pastern is more upright than the hoof wall.  This will cause the hoof 
to absorb concussion unevenly which causes the vertical toe cracking.  It also 
causes the hoof to breakover slower (as well as causing excessive stress to the 
deep digital flexor, navicular bone, impar ligament and boney column joints) 
which causes lost shoes.  It also causes the hoof to be softer in some places 
and harder in others instead of uniformly hard.  

BTW, this test of the two angles should be done BEFORE the farrier rasps away 
the toe flare which they do when shoeing.  Which brings up one of my pet 
peeves:  The farrier's job is to balance the hoof.  That includes the 
hoof/pastern axis.  What they normally do is to semi balance the foot and then 
just rasp away the flares which develop each time.  This has the illusion of 
making the hoof/pastern axis appear balanced, but if you check the horn tubules 
against the pastern angle you'll find they're still quite a lot "off" with the 
pastern being more upright than the hoof tubules.  This imbalance eventually 
causes underrun heels and can lead to pathologies like navicular syndrome 
(caudal heel pain).

Karen (off my soap box now)

P.S.  Can we start getting some hoof education at Convention?


Referenced Post:
I have a 5 year old stallion that had great, tough feet before having EPM 2 
years ago.  Unfortunately, one of the side effects of Marquis is shelly feet.  
I finally had this guy evaluated by 2 vets when I felt he was ready to start 
some serious training and they deemed him 110% sound after a long rehab period. 
They were really impressed with his recovery (he was a 4 on the neuro scale).  

 We have had continuing problems with vertical toe cracks and now, last two 
shoeings, lost shoes.  I would like some advice on what 
supplements/preparations everyone has tried and with what degree of success.  
Maybe I can revert/help along the recovery of his feet.  I want to start this 
boy on some rides, since endurance is what I love, and see how he does.  If 
not, I may just have to buckle down and take some refresher lessons to try him 
in the show ring (yuck).  


                       
                       
                       
                       
               
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