Understanding the Horse's Feet

Understanding the Horse's Feet

by John Stewart


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A practical guide aimed at horse owners, riding instructors, veterinary nurses, and students

Explaining the complexity of this subject in terms that the lay person can understand, this book will give horse owners confidence in discussing foot-related issues with their vet or farrier/trimmer. It details the structure of the horse's foot and how to examine it, the function of the hoof and other foot structures, and investigating lameness. The perennial problem of laminitis is examined in depth, together with other conditions that commonly affect the horse's foot.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847974761
Publisher: Crowood Press, The
Publication date: 09/01/2013
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

John Stewart worked in mixed veterinary practice for 15 years before setting up his own predominantly equine practice. He became interested in laminitis due to his own frustration in dealing with the condition, whichs led to his in-depth study of horses' feet. He has spoken at farriery conferences in Europe and the United States and was inducted into the International Equine Veterinarian Hall of Fame of the American Farriers Journal in 2012.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

1 Evolution 8

2 The Structure and Anatomy of the Foot? 12

3 Examining the Feet 43

4 The Hoof 56

5 Upright Feet 72

6 The Palmar Structures 90

7 Laminitis 104

8 Insulin Resistance (IR) and Low Grade Laminitis 126

9 Foot Problems with Visible Changes 148

10 Lameness Investigation 163

11 Internal Foot Problems 175

12 Investigations, Opinions and Conclusions 194

Abbreviations Used in this Book 216

Glossary 217

References 218

Further Information 221

Index 221

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