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Get A Load Of This: Study Helps Determine Potential Mechanical Cause Of Injury

Scientists are using inertial sensors to learn how horse hooves interact with the ground. This information will help researchers discover more about the strain on horse’s legs and the causes of injury. Dr. Jeff Thomason at the Ontario Veterinary College has been studying hoof/ground interaction as well as shock and the forces that act on […]

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Veterinarian Rick Mitchell Named AAEP Foundation Chair

Dr. Rick Mitchell, DVM, DACVSMR, a sport horse veterinarian who co-founded Fairfield Equine Associates in Newtown, Conn., has been named the new chair of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation. The Foundation, a 501c3 organization, is the official charity associated with the AAEP and has awarded more than 43.7 million to support its […]

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Steel Shoes May Increase Mechanical Stresses On Horse Hooves

Using a three-pronged approach, a new study has revealed some of the mechanical forces that metal horse shoes apply to equine hooves. A single Thoroughbred was used for the preliminary case study, which was completed by Olga Panagiotopoulou, Jeffery Rankin, Stephen Gatesy and John Hutchinson. The movement of one Thoroughbred was first studied unshod, then […]

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