Restrictive Changes in our Horses
As an overview of comprehending and appreciating the consequences of the restrictive changes of an inappropriate orthopaedic stance and, therefore, the orthopaedic balance of the equine foot, I offer the following philosophies.
No matter the hoof alignment, the most important factor is to orthopaedically balance the hoof through science-based neurological and pathology-informed trimming, as this is the only way to return the hoof to a healthy situation.
The horse can feel better in the short term by applying different horseshoes or strategies. However, long-term health will only be achieved with functional biomechanics, allowing the neuro-muscular system to respond optimally to the orthopaedic stance of the animal.
In serve case, this is a long slow process; however, as the treatment continues, the external pathological signs of the hoof returning to a healthy normal state should be apparent. The knowledge gained by identifying and integrating the animal's neurological responses, anatomical landmarks, and external pathology markers gives us that window of opportunity for what is transpiring internally.
Therefore, having an in-depth analysis of the animal’s response, we are better equipped to understand the abnormalities of a dysfunctional equine system and inappropriate equine foot balance.