This talk was published on thehorse.com but its not clear when the talk was given or who to, though it sounds as if its an audience of vets. Its fairly long - just under an hour - but well worth the time.
3 minutes: Dr Taylor talks about exploring the adaptive capacity of the foot and whether it may be possible to create tissue as a result of physical exercise and rehabilitation.
She touches on the fact that instead of using a shoe to strengthen the structure we can look at enabling the foot to develop itself stronger. Sound familiar?
Unfamiliarity with a healthy foot is a massive problem here too, of course; she also discusses in the talk the properties of a healthy hoof and how to assess feet - this is something she teaches to vet students now but think of all the vets and students who have never had the benefit of this...
Dr Taylor also describes the appearance, qualities and feel of a healthy vs unhealthy digital cushion - something which again many vets, let alone owners, have never experienced.
She has recently published a study herself indicating that increased volume in the back of the foot leads to increased soundness.
She points out that a healthy palmar hoof is, by and large, what the "barefoot folk" get so excited about and she recognises that what we see in the field with barefoot horses is "running ahead of the science". Of course we need more research but in the meantime what research that IS out there is starting to recognise what we see day in day out with the rehab horses here.
33 minutes: For me, some of the hooves used to illustrate her slides were over-trimmed so it was nice to hear her describe a case study showing a horse whose frog and digital cushion became much more robust over a 3 month period. She made the excellent point that no farrier or trimmer could effectively assess what the hoof needed and that nature did the perfect job of providing the stimulus required to strengthen the hoof and build tissue.