Shoeing Sports horses - what you need to know
This two-part session (1) covers the fundamentals of quantitative gait and asymmetry analysis in the horse and (2) illustrates how gait analysis tools can quantify the effects of farriery interventions gaining insights into dynamic limb loading.
Thanks to small, wireless inertial measurement units (IMUs), equine upper body movement can be measured unobtrusively in practical conditions. Aiming at long lasting musculoskeletal health, evidence-based farriery interventions provide an effective means of influencing force production.
In practice, the creation of an individual platform through the shoeing process can reduce the potential for repetitive strain injury in the performance horse. Asymmetric limb loading negatively affects performance and the creation of a suitable support mechanism can maximise power efficiency, particularly in the hind limb. Objective measurements are a vital source of information in assessing the effects of changes in shoeing protocols.