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Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract. 2003 Aug;19(2):333-51.

Proper physiologic horseshoeing.

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Northern Virginia Equine, 5748 Merry Oaks Road, The Plains, VA 20198, USA.


Adherence to the basic principles of physiologic horseshoeing is essential to maintaining hoof health and soundness. Most horses do not require special trimming or shoeing techniques. Becoming familiar with a few basic concepts can help the veterinarian to recognize when changes in trimming or shoeing might be expected to help the performance of a sound horse or might help to restore the performance of one that is lame. Sound physiologic horseshoeing can only be achieved by a thorough knowledge of, strict adherence to, and skillful application of basic principles, such as hoof angle, HPA, and mediolateral balance. Only then does the art of farriery truly approach being a science.

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