To Shoe or Not to Shoe? Part 3: The Shod Horse

Photo credit: David Goldman, Associated Press Performance and Therapy Despite the hoof being a very resilient and adaptive structure, horses engaging in strenuous performance sports often require shoes for extra support, protection to preserve the hoof capsule and structures contained within it, and traction for the safety of both horse and rider (Bryant, 1999). Horseshoes […]

To Shoe or Not to Shoe? Part 1

While those who strongly believe in shoeing seem to be of the opinion that it is the right and only way, many barefoot advocates believe that although barefoot is better, shoes are sometimes necessary. Prior to enrolling in the Equine Functional Anatomy course offered by Equine Guelph, I had no idea that one’s decision to […]