Observations carried out with slow-motion video have found that sound horses, both domestic and wild, usually land flat (with the entire foot touching the ground at the same time) when walking normally on flat ground, but they start to land slightly heel first as speed increases. Unsound horses will frequently land toe first, especially if they are suffering from pain in the heel region. Unfortunately, toe-first landing is so common that many people don’t recognize it as a form of lameness, but that is exactly what it is.

In The Essential Hoof Book, authors Susan Kauffmann and Christina Cline combine the most current and useful information available, gleaned from the research and wisdom of top hoof experts around the world, with a unique “hands-on” approach.

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