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J Vet Sci 2018; 19(4): 557-562  https://doi.org/10.4142/jvs.2018.19.4.557
Changes in hoof kinetics and kinematics at walk in response to hoof trimming: pressure plate assessment
Babak Faramarzi1,*, An Nguyen2, Fanglong Dong3
1College of Veterinary Medicine and 3Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA 91766, USA
2College of Engineering and Computer Sciences, California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, CA 91768, USA
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Received: December 21, 2017; Revised: February 16, 2018; Accepted: February 20, 2018; Published online: July 31, 2018.
Appropriate hoof preparation and symmetry are linked to the well-being of the horse. Previous studies have shown the efficacy of pressure plates (PPs) in delivering objective biomechanical analysis. We aimed to assess the effect of hoof trimming on hoof biomechanics using a PP. Nine clinically sound Arabian horses were walked across a PP while foot strike was recorded by a digital camera. Kinetic and kinematic parameters were recorded before and after trimming. Changes were considered significant when p < 0.05. Vertical force (p = 0.026) and contact pressure (p = 0.006) increased after trimming. Stance-phase duration (p = 0.006), swing-phase duration (p = 0.023), and gait-cycle duration (p = 0.007) decreased significantly post-trimming. The observed changes in kinetic and kinematic parameters were related to hoof trimming. The reported results underline the importance of farriery practice and its effect on hoof biomechanics, which should be considered by both farriers and veterinarians.
Keywords: biomechanics, horses, kinematics, kinetics, pressure plate

© 2018 The Korean Society of Veterinary Science.

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