The management of the equine foot affects its overall Musculoskeletal: bone hoof to his back. In doing so, it becomes clear that the farrier has profound effects on the structure and movement of the animal. Equine osteopath initial training, I consider farriery as one of the most important elements in the care, maintenance and preservation of its musculoskeletal system. Given this reality, I decided to educate myself among the best farrier from different countries, participated in forging competition and international conferences on hoof care science.

What interests me most of all, it is the horse in its entirety. All the body systems are a system service: the Musculoskeletal!

Interest in their musculoskeletal system, balance and any resulting biomechanics is to begin at the beginning, that is to say, its foundations: so his feet!!!

Therefore, the scope of the farrier extends well beyond the keratinized structures of the equine foot.

Radiographs (in veterinary clinic) feet profile with clinical signs of lameness.

One can observe that the sides of the triangles plotted on the x-rays are uneven and sign a poor balance anterior / posterior relative to the center of the Distal interphalangeal joint (between the middle phalanx and the bone of the foot) and a negative solar angle - 2 for the Right Hind (orientation of the foot bones from the ground). Knowing that the normal solar angle of P3 is between 2 ° and 5 °.

Shoeing after control radiographs made by me, taking into account external markers of the hoof capsule to prepare and apply the shoe over the bones of the feet (P3) and not in relation to this one.

The use of external markers of hoof capsule allows to get information about the location of the internal components (which is important to find the balance around the Distal interphalangeal joint) without using radiography. (This corresponds to the reality of the run).

It is thus possible to observe the center of the DIP joint forming the apex of an isosceles triangle against the line of the anterior and posterior displacement of the shoe. Thus allowing to restore at best balance of Musculoskeletal the horse, remove all excess tension joint, tendon and ligament, reduce and / or prevent distortion of the hoof, get optimal support and protection to the tip of distal phalanx.


Sagittal section of a dead foot created to highlight the mapping of the shoe to allow precise identification of the joint center. The purpose of this mapping is to meet or restore the balance of the foot during trimming and shoeing.