Dr. Kleider graduated from the Canadian National School of Horseshoeing prior to becoming a veterinarian. Understanding foot problems and the importance of hoof balance is essential for the successful management and longevity of your horse:
”No foot, no horse” is not an exaggeration!
Dr. Kleider and Dr. Hodge believe that most injuries require corrective shoeing to assist in rehabilitation. ISELP training emphasizes that proper shoeing can help prevent excessive tension or excessive pressure – the two causes of pain.
Dr. Jean-Marie Denoix, world renowned expert in lameness and locomotor pathology, has developed a series of therapeutic horseshoes based on the bio-mechanics of lameness. The shoes are specifically designed to aid in the healing of tendon, ligament, and/or bone injuries and to help maintain soundness of the horse’s limbs.
These shoes work best on a surface which is pliable enough for the wide part of the shoe to remain on the surface and the narrow part to sink in. Too hard or too soft a surface doesn’t allow the design of the shoe to benefit the horse.
The various types of shoes used for different conditions can be seen under the “Denoix series” at Cornerstone Equine.