We Ride Sport and Trail Magazine October 2018 - Page 47

A further debate exists, concerning the angles of the fronts and hinds, inner and outer walls and proper toe length. Taking all this into consideration, it is not surprising that we ponder what the normal foot should look like. Let’s take one step back and simply accept that integral to the strength of the hoof is its’ functioning cone shape. Move away from the cylinder or what some call “coke can” feet and understand the biomechanics of weight bearing and hoof function in relation to simple geometry, allowing the heels to spread during load bearing. Remove the metal shoes at least for a portion of the year allowing natural hoof function to resume. Keep your horse natural and barefoot on his living environment. Use Cavallo Hoof Boots to

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As the weight of the horse descends, the ground radius of the hoof cone should expand to accept the load. If the walls are too steep, or the cone is imbalanced, or the hoof is shaped as a cylinder or a tube; this miraculous weight bearing function is thwarted. If this erroneous tube shape continues too long, problems most certainly develop.

Unlike the Eiffel tower, the anatomy of a cone shaped hoof is designed to be biomechanically active. One may wonder why the brilliance of nature would leave the hoof’s solar radius unfinished. The circle or oval shape is incomplete. It stops at the heels and turns forward toward the toe creating the bars of the hoof. Not only do the bars add additional support, but the separation at the heels allow for an expansion unrestricted by an otherwise complete circumference. This is the natural weight bearing function the hoof performs perfectly when not constrained by the metal shoe.