Journal article

Relationships between exercise capacity and front hoof longitudinal balance in horses

G Tacchio, HMS Davies, M Morgante, D Bernardini

Equine and Comparative Exercise Physiology | Cambridge University Press (CUP) | Published : 2005


AbstractTo the authors' knowledge, the effect of hoof balance alteration on exercise capacity or performance has not been investigated. With the aim of evaluating the relationships between longitudinal front hoof balance and exercise capacity (lactate vs. speed relationship, run time and stride characteristics), two experiments were undertaken. In the first test the horses, left unshod, performed an incremental speed test in which parameters chosen to evaluate exercise capacity were related to hoof longitudinal balance. In the second part of the study the same group of horses had the length of the toe altered (decreased and increased) with the application of shoes, while the angle of the foo..

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