Shoeing and Hoof Care

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Shoeing and Hoof Care

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Shoeing and Hoof Care

  1. 1. EQUINE MEDICINE Shoeing and Hoof Care
  2. 2. Hoof Anatomy  External – Hoof Wall  Horny substance  Functions-weight bearing – Protection – Moisture – Coronet  Hoof wall growth – Sole  Hoof bottom surface  Protection – Frog  Weight bearing surface
  3. 3. Hoof Anatomy  Internal – Coffin Bone  Structure for weight bearing – Plantar Cushion  Shock absorption – Navicular Bone  Fulcrum – Laminae  Connect bone to hoof wall
  4. 4. Hoof Care  Routine Cleaning  Routine Trimming/Shoeing  Corrections  Treatment of Injury/Disease
  5. 5. Trimming  Goals – Retain shape – Retain length – Level – Pastern/hoof angle
  6. 6. Trimming  Minor Corrections only!!!! – Consider conformation  Age  Degree of faults – Consider movement  Forging  Interfering  Bruising
  7. 7. Shoeing  Pre-made or hand made – Cold fit  Soft metal  Imprecise fit – Hot fit  Steel  Precise fit
  8. 8. Hoof Care
  9. 9. Diseases and Injuries  Thrush – Bacterial infection  Dry/Cracking foot – Multiple causes  Lost/Loose shoe – Foot needs protection
  10. 10. Shoe Removal Cutting Nails Loosen Shoe Remove Shoe
  11. 11. Diseases and Injuries  Hot Nail – Nail in sensitive tissue  Street Nail – Nail in bottom of foot  Abscess – Fluid pocket in foot

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