- Category: Health & Safety
- Published: Monday, 01 April 2013 00:00
Why do horse owners spend so much time and effort in nurturing and pampering the last few inches of the horse's leg, reading never ending magazine articles about the hoof, attending clinics about hoof care, reading blogs and even arguing about the best approach to care of the stubby little piece of anatomy? Why do people, such as myself, dedicate a large portion of their lives and careers to the care of the equine foot?
The equine foot or hoof is the source of about ninety percent of all equine lameness. Problems of the foot provide us a fair share of lost riding hours and aggravation. The foot is a complex system, perhaps the most complex portion of the equine locomotor system. The equine foot is the first line of defense against the rigors of the outside world.