The AVA Annual Conference is the nation’s premier veterinary event, covering all fields of veterinary science and in 2017 brought together over 920 veterinary professionals and 115 exhibitors.

We hope you will join us for the 2018 AVA Annual Conference in Brisbane, 13-18 May.    
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Wednesday, May 16 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Hoof capsule distortion and it's effect on Internal Structures

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We know how the hoof capsule functions best when it is ‘normal’. Our perceptions of ‘normal’ may vary but we have some very solid parameters to base our assessment on. We also know that hoof capsules were designed to function optimally when they are ‘short’, wear should equal growth. Excess growth in various external hoof capsule structures creates abnormal leverage which in turn leads to distortion. I hope to show how our management practices, the environment that the horses are kept in and their limb conformation influences their hoof capsules. Different equine limb conformation defects/deviations create abnormal landing/loading patterns that influence the deformable hoof capsule and set up the foot for distortion/deviation. All of this influences the soft tissues inside the hoof capsule and proximal to the foot, abnormal stresses/loads placed upon these structures can pre dispose them to acute/chronic lesions. Using various trimming/shoeing techniques we can try to minimise hoof capsules distortion and increase the horse’s long term viability as an equine athlete.


Wednesday May 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Mezzanine M1 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre