• A conformation with a “long-toe, low-heel” is common in racehorses (429)
    • Although this conformation is incorrect, farriers and trainers would trim horses’ hooves to have this shape
    • It was thought that this conformation would make a horse’s stride longer (and therefore make the horse faster), but this has not been found to be beneficial
    • This condition causes a horse’s shoes to move out of place, which can lead to further problems
      • These problems include “quarter cracks, bowed tendons, fetlock chips, and sore backs”
      • Injuries related to the “long-toe, low-heel” conformation can prevent horses from racing, which can shorten their careers
  • The authors of this book run a veterinary operation, and they describe their correspondence with racehorse trainers
    • “We paid regular visits to the trainers at various racetracks where our horses trained and raced to ensure that our foot program continued while the horses were away from the farm…It took a bit of time to make headway with some trainers, given that a trainer…is inclined to use his or her own approach to get the best performance from an individual.”

Floyd, Andrea and Richard Mansmann. Equine Podiatry. Elsevier Health Sciences, 2007.