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Biomechanical aspects of farriery in horses

  • M. Oosterlinck
  • M. Dumoulin
  • E. Van de Water
  • F. Pille


In this paper, the current biomechanical concepts that are important for the evidence-based application of trimming and shoeing techniques in the treatment of lameness in horses are reviewed. Hoof balance, shock absorption, grip versus sliding of the hoof, the pressure distribution within the hoof and hoof breakover are discussed. Moreover, possible effects on the hoof mechanism should be taken into account. Ideally, these issues should be considered in the prevention of injury rather than in the treatment of established pathology.

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Oosterlinck, M. & Dumoulin, M. & Van de Water, E. & Pille, F., (2017) “Biomechanical aspects of farriery in horses”, Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift 86(4), 256-265. doi:

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Published on
28 Aug 2017
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