A comparison between the effects of the aluminium keg shoe and the EquiLibrium® shoe on the loading pattern of the front hooves in Thoroughbreds
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The aim of this pilot- study was to compare the effects of the standard racing shoe, i.e. the keg shoe, and the Equilibrium shoe on the loading pattern of the front hooves of six Thoroughbreds using a pressure measuring system (Rsscan). Due to technical problems the objective of using six horses has not been met. Therefore only three adult Thoroughbreds were trotted by hand in a straight line across a pressure measuring system. The horses were randomly shod with either the Equilibrium or the keg shoe, after which they were given three days to get used to them. After data collection the horses were shod with the other type of shoe. Three valid measurements of each front hoof for both types of shoes were obtained. Certain tendencies could be identified using the data collected in the current study. When comparing the Equilibrium shoe to the keg shoe it appears that the maximal ground reaction force is higher, the duration of landing is shorter, and the centre of pressure remains in closer proximity to the sagittal hoof axis during break- over. Due to technical problems encountered during data collection and the development of forelimb lameness in two of the horses, only the data of one horse could be used in the current study. Therefore no conclusions can be drawn from the current results, and further research is needed on this subject.