Re: Why an IR horse shouldn't have shoes on?

Kirsten Rasmussen

It's actually acutely or even sub-clinically laminitic horses that shouldn't have shoes on.  The shoes cause most of the horse's weight to be supported from the hoof wall, which is attached by the lamellae.  When a horse has chronic low grade laminitis or is experiencing a more obvious acute event, the lamellae are inflamed and are stretching and distorting, and especially painful in an acute event.  At these times there should be as little stress on the lamellae as possible to reduce damage, like sinking and rotating, and pain so weight bearing needs to be mostly on the sole.  Most shoes do not allow weight bearing on the sole.

Kirsten and Shaku (IR + PPID) - 2019
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