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[RC] hooves - firedancefarms

This is an excellent article from the horse.com
Here is a quote from part of it.  I think it will ease a lot of worries!
The rest of the article is:

Most horses do not have perfectly matching feet. Why? Often, the shapes of the coffin bones inside them are very different. When the bone angles vary by up to 15°, is it any wonder that the hooves are shaped differently?

Matching hoof angles when bone angles are significantly different has an inherent risk of causing unwarranted lameness because the forces within the foot are drastically altered.

If you try to make feet like these match externally, you might create a lameness problem. It?s a mistake to think that forcing one to match the other or making both conform to a vague standard will make them healthier. A horse?s feet can be perfectly healthy and functional at very high levels of competition without matching each other or some "perfect" standard. They just have to be in equilibrium with their internal structures to stay "happy."

--Ric Redden, DVM, with Christy West

Louise Burton
Firedance Farms Endurance Arabians

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