hoof complex and the structures contained within the hoof capsule during the rigors of
The really depressing statistic is yet to come - this is from a paper that was presented to an American equine veterinary conference only a few months ago.
I haven't read all the papers yet, but there were 16 in total, of which 2 were devoted to "correct" shoeing and 5 were devoted to managing pain or analgesia in the lame horse....
A slightly better quote came from one of the farriers' papers':
"therapeutic shoeing is a modality for treatment of the unhealthy foot generally showing structural damage and the long-term goal is to improve the foot for that individual horse and achieve soundness. "
Even so, I sometimes feel as if I am in a parallel universe - hoof health is REALLY not as complicated as they would like to make out...