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Reasons for performing study: It has been suggested that the heel of the horse's hoof expands in the stance phase and this reduces the concussion at impact and helps pump blood into the hoof. Therefore, farriers usually leave a gap in the heel region when using the traditional nailed shoe. Recently ...

Yoshihara, E.; Takahashi, T.; Otsuka, N.; Isayama, T.; Tomiyama, T.; Hiraga, A.; Wada, S.
Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK
Equine Veterinary Journal, 2010, 42, s38, pp 431-435