Monday, June 07, 2010

The Relationship Between Heel-First Landings and Breakover - Full Article and Photos

Sunday, June 6, 2010 by EasyCare Customer Service Team

I found an interesting article about heel-first landing and breakover on barefoothorse.

The barefoot movement and its veterinary researchers have come up with a reliable way to determine whether a hoof is well-trimmed overall. The indicator of a good trim is that when going on level ground, the front feet land heel-first. Just before the heel lands, you can see the foot "flip" forward as all joints in the leg go into complete extension.

In a horse with an imbalanced hoof, the toe lands first, or the foot may land flat. With toe-first landing you will see a little "wiggle" in the pastern bones-- you can almost hear them go "ka-chunk" as the horse puts weight on the foot...

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