A Modern Look at The Hoof, by Monique Craig

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

The-HoofA new book A Modern Look At … THE HOOF has been released by Outskirts Press.

Written by Monique Craig, a hoof researcher, farrier, consultant to farriers and rider, this book is billed as a new look at the hoof, focusing on a detailed look at its morphology (shape) and function, and discussing implications for how the hoof should be trimmed and cared for.

Topics addressed within this inclusive hoof-care volume include:

  • An introduction to hoof anatomy and structure – bones, hoof capsule, sole shape, pedal bone shape, weight bearing, false sole, the exfoliation cycle, toe callus and bevel, weather and soil mechanics, hoof packing, thrush, break over, tendon mechanics, and more.
  • Measuring the hoof – including material on the natural asymmetry of the hoof capsule and bones of the lower leg of the horse. The ramifications of these asymmetries have been rarely discussed in any other equine literature.
  • Assessing the hoof – topic materials include annotated color images illustrating what constitutes a “normal” hoof, painstakingly collected by the author over 20 years of hoof trimming.
  • The Epona Trim – author discusses her approach to trimming and assessing the hoof, addressing the natural asymmetry of the hoof and leg, as well as relating the trim to the boney column of the leg.
  • Shoeing – including discussion of shoe placement and attachment methods (gluing, nailing or casting).

A Modern Look At … THE HOOF  contains more than 300 color images, many with measurements and annotations, and will be of interest to students of the equine hoof, be they farrier, barefoot trimmer, rider, trainer or veterinarian.

Available from Amazon.com. RRP from $US79.95.

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