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Relationship between sagittal hoof conformation and hindlimb lameness in horses

L. Pezzanite, L. Bass, C. Kawcak and others

Equine Veterinary Journal (2018)

doi: 10.1111/evj.13050

• What did the research find?

The mean plantar angle of the distal phalanx (PADP) was significantly smaller in lame horses than in the non-lame controls. Horses with hindlimb lameness localised to the distal tarsus and proximal metatarsus, but not the stifle, were more likely to have a negative to neutral PADP.

• How was it conducted?

Eighty client-owned horses with hindlimb lameness and 80 horses with no detectable hindlimb lameness were enrolled in this study. Lameness cases were divided based on location (stifle, tarsus, proximal metatarsus and other sites), as determined by diagnostic perineural or intrasynovial analgesia. Lateromedial radiographs were performed on the hind hooves and the PADP was determined.

• Why is it important?

While veterinarians are becoming more aware of the role of hoof conformation and balance in …

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