Hoof Anatomy Video Released by Racehorse Safety Group

A free educational video that examines the physiology of the equine hoof and demonstrates proper care and shoeing techniques is now available. "The Hoof: Inside and Out" is offered online and as DVD by the Shoeing and Hoof Care Committee of the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit.

"The hoof is the foundation of equine performance so it is imperative that those entrusted with the well-being of racehorses possess the knowledge necessary to properly care for and maintain this core component of equine locomotion," said WinStar Farm co-owner Bill Casner, chairman of the summit committee. "This DVD provides some basic information that will be helpful to owners, trainers, grooms, and anyone else involved with the racehorse, to have a better understanding of the hoof and its care."

The 65-minute video, which was produced by the Keeneland Association's broadcast services department under the direction of G.D. Hieronymus, includes seven segments:

  • Introduction and overview
  • Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit
  • Physiology--the equine limb
  • Basic hoof care and trimming
  • The basics of horseshoeing
  • Types of shoes
  • Farrier's role and communication (with trainers and owners)

The video is also available for download from the summit's Web site.

A DVD copy of "The Hoof: Inside and Out" can be obtained free of charge (limit one per customer) by contacting Cathy McNeeley, The Jockey Club's administrative assistant for industry initiatives, at 859/224-2728. 

The Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, coordinated and underwritten by Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and The Jockey Club, featured a cross-section of the breeding, racing, and veterinary community for two-day workshops in October 2006 and March 2008. Both summits were hosted by Keeneland Association.

Several committees that were formed at the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit are still meeting on a regular basis.

Additional information about the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit is available on the summit's Web site.

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