To Shoe or Not to Shoe? Part 2: The Horn of Plenty

An intricate and complicated host of tissues, blood vessels, tendons, ligaments and bones comprise the [horse‚Äôs] foot, and the whole package is sealed within a hard, horny shell – the hoof wall. – Lester Sellnow, 2001 Image: Anatomy of a Healthy Hoof, Animal Health Trust Structure of the Hoof The hoof has evolved to serve […]

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 […]