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Equine podiatry

Equine podiatry is the study and management of the equine foot based on its anatomy and function.

The job title of "Equine Podiatrist" is used by people with a wide range of backgrounds. Some are veterinarians who have chosen to specialise in the equine hoof, some are remedial farriers and there are also a new group of specialists with neither a veterinary nor farriery background who work with horse owners to improve the health of the equine hoof without the use of shoeing and by taking a more holistic approach.

Equine podiatrists also work with other equines, such as donkeys and mules. In the UK, only a registered farrier is allowed to shoe horses.

Further reading

  • Floyd, Andrea; Mansmann, Richard (2007). Equine Podiatry. Elsevier Science Health Science div. ISBN 0721603831. 



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