Why should I care about leverage reduction?
In the following video Gene discusses how leverage effects the internal structures of the foot and how it can contribute to performance and lameness issues. He also talks about how some of the latest shoes that have come on the market are helping to treat and even prevent many of these issues through the leverage reduction designs.
Article "Simplifying Hoof Balance" (.pdf)
This article by Gene Ovnicek is a more thorough look at hoof balance and how looking at a few simple, general guidelines can make evaluating and achieving good hoof balance much easier for hoof care professionals.
Simplifying-Hoof-Balance.pdf (550 Kb)
This article is a .pdf document, so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or another pdf reader installed to view it. (most computers and browsers already have it) You can download Adobe Acrobat Reader for FREE from the Adobe Website. Click HERE
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.