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A little while ago I attended an internship on the biomechanics of the feet of our favourite mounts, the internship at “Les écuries de Belles Foy” animated by Céline Albacore-Naing, podiatrist graduate epad.

So I will give you a little introduction to the equine podiatry, because I am not pro and it is not in 1 day that I could pretend (I invite you to do a full internship for this;))


You have to know that there are several currents in the trimming, because yes all are not based on the same thing and do not parent in the same way. Céline is a epad graduate, so this is the current developed by KC Lapierre on which I based.

We will talk about the domestic horse and not the wild horse, because many currents are based on a foot of Mustang and unless you live in the American West and see “your” horse once/years in the middle of nowhere you have a domestic horse. (After this is only my opinion)

Anatomy of the Foot:

We have talked a lot about anatomy of the foot and I do not feel able to explain to you so I put the link of video 1 (of 5) in English

! ATTENTION this is video dissection!

Hoof dissection by KC Lapierre


To talk about foot, you also have to talk about the whole horse. A ‘ beautiful ‘ foot will not be possible if the rest of the horse is in a catastrophic state.

The environment of your horse is paramount, by environment I mean:

-The Movement
-Social Link
etc etc….

You might as well say there’s a bunch of things to think about.

A foot will never be absolutely perfect (then 1 is fine but your horse in 4)

What’s the point of the parer?

The goal of the parer is to make the hoof as efficient as possible. which uses energy well and which renders it well.
For this it is based on this anatomical knowledge of the foot, because the exterior reflects the interior.
He will watch your horse move, ask you questions in order to take into account in the best way the environment of your horse.
After that, he’s going to adorn your horse. A trimming should never harm the horse and take into account the time (the horse heals itself). A single trimming on a horse with big worries will not solve the problem immediately, at best it can relieve the horse after trimming.
The goal is also to have regular follow-up.

Taking care of your feet daily:

To take care of the feet you have to pay attention to the environment that we talked about above.
Maintain foot hygiene
Care for the general health of the horse
Practice a suitable exercise
Follow the recommendations of the care professionals.

To take care of the feet, to have a little foot cure it’s not enough. Already you have to pass the cure foot everywhere, yes including in the central gap. Because normally you don’t have to have a hole in the fork. Then you have to make a little metal brush. And finally apply a product against prevention infections. I will talk to you about a product currently in testing.

The foot of my mare, which full of defect but not a fork too ugly
The foot of my mare, which full of defect but not a frog too ugly

On a bare foot we do not put tar or grease. What for? The tar locks the bacteria (and between us it stinks). The grease is made to relax the horn in order that it does not break at the level of the nails of the iron. So bare foot the utility is a bit null.

A very useful little thing: the digitized pulse

Oulahlah What is this thing?

It’s used to check his horse’s feet. At rest at the level of the pastern you have a small hollow with 2 fingers in this small hollow you can feel, or not, a pulse. What interests us here is not the number of beats per minute but whether the pulse is strong or not. It’s different on the 4 feet so you have to do the 4! Check for a week all the feet to see whether or not you have a pulse digitized in normal time and its intensity.

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Example: My mare has an abscess on the left posterior hoof. No pulse digitized on the feet except the posterior left with a high intensity pulse on the day of the course (returned to a very light digitized pulse the next day).

Some useful links:

Celine’s Blog



Post Author: Aliénor

Passionate rider, owner of a French trotter named Sirène du Bijou who regularly is crash testing for this blog.
My life is horse riding and eating sweets in front of Netflix.

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