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RFDTV Episode #12 - Matching Feet

Are my horse's feet supposed to match?

Additional Information

Hoofcare Today - Episode 12.1 - Follow-up to the Mismatched Feet Question on "The Horse Show". This clip discussed some of the misconceptions behind mismatched feet and how many common problems associated with upright & clubbed feet are the result of trying to change them into something they are not. Gene also talks about how to easily maintain those feet so they function at their optimal soundness level.


Related Video from Previous Episode (#4)

In the following video Gene discusses the idea of establishing a "Functional" angle for each foot that is based on the individual needs of that foot. Gene also talks about how using a predetermined or arbitrary hoof gauge angle when preparing feet is more likely to cause pathology and lameness issues than by using guidelines that seek balance around the internal anatomy.


Previous RFDTV Series

The following videos are related topics from a previous RFDTV series hosted by Gene Ovnicek. These videos generally consist of 3 to 5 ten minute segments that focus on a particular case or topic. The total run time of each segment is listed after the title.

NBHCC - Episodes 20 - 23: Horse with mismatched feet & Navicular related issues (approx. 33 minutes)


Article "Contradictions in Current Horseshoeing Theory" [Trimming to Achieve Pastern Axis Alignment vs. Trimming to Match Angle Pairs]


Quick Reference Guide Download

To download a Simple Quick Reference Guide for Evaluating A/P (front to back) Hoof Balance, Click on the Image to the LEFT. The file is a 1.5MB .pdf


Equine Lameness Prevention Organization "Widest Part of the Foot" Research

The Equine Lameness Prevention Organization has conducted a Radiograph Study in order to offer useful guidelines to hoof care professionals. This project discussed the protocol used to locate internal hoof structures by using external references. Click on the image to the LEFT for a summary of the results.

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