Authors: ARE Cust, GA Anderson, RC Whitton and HMS Davies
Journal: Australian Veterinary Journal

Objectives To investigate associations between race performance and hoof–ground angle (HG), pastern–hoof angle (PH) and mediolateral hoof angle (ML) of the left forelimb. Methods A total of 1570 starts were recorded from 636 horses, and meetings were equally divided between sand and turf tracks. HG, PH and ML were measured on each starter in a race, over a 3-month period, using a Finnegan hoof gauge (Tallahesse Asia Holdings Ltd, Hong Kong) and digital photographic images. Race performance was recorded as win or place (1st–3rd).

Authors: Stuart Gordon, Chris Rogers, Jenny Weston, Charlotte Bolwell, Orgil Doloonjin
Journal: Journal of Equine Veterinary Science

This article describes the lower limb and hoof conformation of a population of semi-feral Mongolian horses living on an open tundra/steppe environment. Data were collected from a convenience sample of 120 Mongolian horses used in the 2011 Mongolian Derby. Digital images of the hooves were obtained, and the lower limb conformation was assessed by four veterinarians involved in the screening of the horses offered for the derby. The horses were predominantly geldings (96%, 100/104), approximately 8.6 ± 2.5 years old, and 137 ± 8 cm at the withers.

Category: Equine - Podiatry
Authors: J. L. Arndt, T. Pfau, P. Day, C. Pardoe, D. M. Bolt, R. Weller
Journal: Veterinary Record

Hoof testers are commonly used in equine practice. In this study, we determined the intraoperator and interoperator reliability of force application with hoof testers for different groups: experienced veterinarians, novices and farriers. For this purpose, we have developed and validated an instrumented hoof tester. Forces varied significantly between the different regions of the foot for experienced operators applying the highest forces to the heels, then the frog, then the toe, and the lowest forces to the quarters. Novices applied significantly more force to the toe versus the frog.

Category: Equine - Podiatry
Journal: Equine Veterinary Journal

Reason for performing study: The relationship between mechanical behaviour and microscopic structure of the laminar junction of equine hooves under testing conditions requires elucidation.

Objectives: To determine mechanical parameters and 2D length density of profiles of secondary lamellae of the laminar junction in the dermal region and to assess possible correlations.

Category: Equine - Podiatry
Authors: Kamila Gravena, Rita de Cássia de Lima Sampaio, Deborah Penteado Martins Dias, Paulo Aléscio Canola, Juliana Regina Peiró, José Corrêa de Lacerda-Neto
Journal: Journal of Equine Veterinary Science

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the integrity of dermal and epidermal tissues collected by dorsal transmural access. Eight healthy adult horses were subjected to two biopsies of the right hoof, with a 24-hour interval. To ensure hoof integrity, a radiographic evaluation with dorsopalmar and lateromedial positions was performed. The animals were sedated, and the pedal tissue was collected from two sites that were 2 cm distal to the coronary band.

Category: Equine - Podiatry
Authors: A. Kuwano, Y. Yamauchi, T. Sasagawa, N. Sasaki, H. Hamano
Journal: Veterinary Record

In October 2001, a survey was conducted about cavities formed within the hoof wall (called GIDOH in Japanese) of racehorses at the Ritto and Miho Training Centres, which are managed by the Japan Racing Association (JRA). Gidoh is defined as a progressive cavity within the deep layers between the stratum medium and stratum internum. A total of 148 out of 5386 surveyed horses (2.75 per cent) were affected.

Authors: Chad A. Marsh, Robert K. Schneider, Sarah N. Sampson, Greg D. Roberts
Journal: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Objective—To determine treatment outcome on the basis of pathological changes identified on MRI and lameness duration in horses with navicular syndrome that underwent injection of corticosteroid and hyaluronan into the navicular bursa.

Design—Retrospective case series.

Animals—101 horses with navicular syndrome.

Category: Equine - Lameness - MRI - Podiatry - Treatment
Authors: Peter T. Thomsen, Lene Munksgaard, Jan Tind Sørensen
Journal: Veterinary Journal

Locomotion scoring, lying behaviour and lesion recording during hoof trimming are all ways of evaluating hoof health in dairy cows. The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationship between these measures in a random sample of 1340 cows from 42 Danish dairy herds. The hypothesis was that locomotion scoring and/or the monitoring of lying behaviour could be used as tools to identify cows with hoof lesions, either of the horn or of the skin. Cows were locomotion scored, lying behaviour recorded and data on hoof lesions seen during hoof trimming collected.

Category: Podiatry - Ruminant
Authors: L.J. Laven, R.A. Laven, T.J. Parkinson, N. Lopez-Villalobos, J.K. Margerison
Journal: Veterinary Journal

Thin soles are a significant cause of lameness in dairy cattle but in most cases the diagnosis is based on subjective assessment. Ultrasonography has been used to more directly estimate sole thickness, but mostly on a one-off basis or over a short period of time. Data over a longer period of time (such as a lactation period) are lacking and there are no descriptions of the normal changes that occur over time and to show how sole thickness at calving relates to thickness later in lactation.

Category: Podiatry - Ruminant
Authors: T. S. Mair and W. Linnenkohl
Journal: Equine Veterinary Education

Standing low-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was used to image the feet of 21 horses affected by keratomas. The animals had variable clinical histories including acute, chronic or recurrent lameness. Of the 21 horses, only 14 (66%) had radiological changes suggestive of keratoma. Standing low-field MRI revealed a smoothly demarcated hoof wall lesion in all horses, with deformity of the adjacent surface of the distal phalanx in 15 cases.

Category: Equine - MRI - Podiatry