In this video we discuss ideal posture and hoof proportions, why this is important to the well-being and soundness of the horse and how to support your horse from the foot, up! We highlight the importance of proper alignment of the bones of the digit of the horse.... in studies, low plantar P3 angles have been found to be associated with increased incidence of lameness in the hind limb, primarily in the stifle, then the hock, then the ligamentous tissues (see: An investigation into the association between plantar distal phalanx angle and hindlimb lameness in a UK population of horses
P. E. Clements, I. Handel, S. A. McKane, R. P. Coomer
First published: 30 September 2019 https://doi.org/10.1111/eve.13186).
It is important that less than ideal hoof morphologies or proportions and compensatory posture are recognised early and a positive intervention used to promote healthy hoof proportions and posture BEFORE lameness and pathology occur. If you are seeking expert support for your horse from an integrative perspective, visit Holistic Equine for consults, services, educational events, courses and resources. You can learn more about healthy ideals here
What do you consider 'healthy' (which is a widely different question to what is 'normal')?
What guidelines might you use to help you assess and implement an intervention plan to create or maintain healthy ideals?
How would you be able to assess whether a horse is at risk of injury or ready for ridden work?
Is your farrier, trimmer or EP using guidelines which appreciate and support healthy palmar/plantar P3 angles?
In order to see the problem, you first have to look!