March 16, 2013 - Hoof Care and Disease - Notes from the 2012 AAEP Conference Programs

  • March 12, 2013
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by Dr. Nancy Loving

Not all horses have symmetrical feet, and one of the more common problems they develop is a “club foot” appearance. This problem might appear at birth or develop later in life and can be identified based on classic signs and grades of severity.

Dr. Robert Hunt, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, defined a club foot as having an angle greater than 60° (the angle the dorsal hoof wall makes with the ground). Usually there is at least a five- degree discrepancy between the affected foot and its opposite.

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