Another article I came across recently discussed the relationship between hoof shape and lameness. I thought it was interesting – if a horse could be identified as having a possible lameness issue in the future based on current hoof shape, it would definitely change pre-purchase exams.
According to the article from The Horse by Stacey Oke, DVM, MSc, certain hoof shapes can indicate chronic lameness and other shapes point to a sound horse.
The study showed that asymetrical hooves may be present in hoof-related lameness, lame hooves tend to be taller and more upright than non-lame hooves, and the lame hoof had a longer toe and lower, collapsed heel than non-lame hooves.
Next time my farrier, Alan, comes out to trim Kobi and Sugar I plan to ask his professional opinion and see what his observations have shown him. I love studies and research articles, but sometimes nothing beats looking at hooves all day!
To read the article, just click: Does Equine Hoof Shape Have an Effect on Soundness?