Research: Hoof Conformation and Flat Feet in New Zealand Thoroughbred Racehorses

In a previous article, the Hoof Blog described a study conducted in New Zealand to survey the way sport horses in that country are shod, and what management aspects may affect the condition of feet. (Please see the article "Research: farriery and hoof care trends for dressage, showjumping sport horses in New Zealand".) Now the New Zealand hoof researchers move on to the racetrack. This

Research: Farriery and Hoof Care Data Collected for Dressage, Showjumping Sport Horses in New Zealand

There once was a time a sport horse could trot by and you could tell what nation he was from by the way he was shod. Those days are gone, but there are still distinct differences in some parts of the world. We'd do well to document them, while we still can. There was once a time when you could look at a foot and practically see the national flag. Those big, broad Dutch toe clips. The