• Corpus ID: 53974853

The Thoroughbred Racehorse Foot : Evaluation and Management of Common Problems

  title={The Thoroughbred Racehorse Foot : Evaluation and Management of Common Problems},
  author={S. E. Morrison},
The importance of foot shape and balance in highperformance racehorses is paramount to maintaining soundness and optimal performance. Functionally adapted for speed and efficient use of energy, the Thoroughbred foot is light and lacks the mass for protection commonly seen in other heavier-boned breeds. The relatively thin walls and soles of the Thoroughbred foot make it more susceptible to injury and hoof capsule distortion. Hoof capsule distortion refers to hoof abnormalities such as flares… 


The effect of gallop training on hoof angle in thoroughbred racehorses.
Gallop exercise has a potentially large effect on hoof angle and therefore a change in angle should be expected to occur in racehorses starting fast exercise work, and management of horses with abnormally low hoof angles may require an adaptation to their training regime in order to minimise this effect.
Hoof size, shape, and balance as possible risk factors for catastrophic musculoskeletal injury of Thoroughbred racehorses.
Decreasing the difference between toe and heel angles should decrease risk of SAF for Thoroughbred racehorses and should be considered in addition to increasing toe angle alone to help prevent catastrophic injury.
How to Manage a Quarter Crack
Hoof-wall defects, especially quarter cracks, are a common cause of decreased athletic performance in competition horses and frequently lead to foot lameness. Hoof-wall defects are generally
Investigation of the vertical hoof force distribution in the equine forelimb with an instrumented horseboot.
  • E. Barrey
  • Biology
    Equine veterinary journal. Supplement
  • 1990
It was concluded that the heels and the quarters seemed to take a prominent part in dampening concussion and supporting bodyweight and the mechanical loading was greater in the caudal area than in the cranial area, especially after the foot impact on the ground.
Relationship of foot conformation and force applied to the navicular bone of sound horses at the trot.
Assessment of hoof conformation should be judged based on these parameters, as they may have clinical significance, whereas parallelism of the heel and toe is of less importance.
Pathogenesis and treatment of spontaneous quarter cracks - quantifying vertical mobility of the hoof capsule at the heels
The author studied the amount of instant upward displacement of the hoof wall at the heels, relative to the distal phalanx, on the loaded foot with a 20mm heel raise, calling into question the effectiveness of some raised heel shoeing techniques which aim to change the phalangeal alignment between the D.P. and distalphalanx.
Changes in location of centre of pressure and hoof-unrollment pattern in relation to an 8-week shoeing interval in the horse.
Horses can compensate, to a certain extent, for changes in hoof conformation that develop during 8 weeks on shoes as the capacity to compensate is less in the forelimbs, and the relative increase in loading of these limbs during a shoeing interval is larger than in the hindlimbs.
Nonseptic Pedal Osteitis: A Cause of Lameness and a Diagnosis?
The radiographic findings and causes are described and a more appropriate terminology is proposed for pedal osteitis is proposed.
Relationship between locomotor forces, hoof position and joint motion during the support phase of the stride of galloping horses.
Three methods were used simultaneously to determine the relationships between the vertical forces exerted on the hooves and the positions of the limbs and hooves at the times of peak vertical forces