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RE: [RC] hooves - Kitley, Carrie E Civ USAF AFSPC 30 MDSS/SGSLF

That's a very interesting article.  If we could just convince all the ride vets 
of this, then we wouldn't get pulled for being a little "off"?  I just spent a 
bundle on x-rays and diagnostic imaging and a "specialized" farrier, trying to 
get my girl's feet all even (she was low on one heel, but it never seemed to 
bother her much), and now I'm wondering if it wasn't a mistake.  She's now 
having some minor back pain after riding this weekend, that she never suffered 
from before.  I'm so frustrated I could scream.  I sure wish our furry friends 
could talk!  Sometimes I think I'm doing the right thing by her, and then I get 
more information and question what I've just done.

Carrie Kitley
30th Medical Group, Vandenberg AFB
DMLSS?Database Sustainment Specialist (DSS) 
CACI?International Inc? www.caci.com
dsn?276-1077, Comm (805) 606-1077
fax dsn?276-1179
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Subject: [RC] hooves

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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[RC] hooves, firedancefarms