Video explores hoof care, dentistry for Thoroughbreds


Dentistry and hoof care in racehorses are explored by Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital veterinarians Dr Scott Morrison and Dr Brad Tanner in the latest OwnerView Virtual Thoroughbred Owner Conference.

During the hoof care session, Morrison walked through the process of shoeing a racehorse. He provided information on topics such as hoof angle and how a longer toe can put more pressure on the tendons, how Thoroughbred hooves are different from those of other breeds, how often horses should be shod, and how a shoe should fit.

“It’s important for athletes to try to keep them sound and keep that foot balanced and keep them in proper alignment,” he said. “We try to shoe horses so the shoe is placed equally around the coffin joint, around the center rotation.”

Tanner discussed why horses’ teeth need to be floated and the importance of having horses’ teeth floated regularly depending on age and use.

“Young horses’ teeth grow really fast,” he said. “Horses that are between 2 and 5, 2 and 6, years old, their teeth are growing much faster than your horse that’s 15 to 20. So as a result, we’ll recommend that their teeth are floated every six months to try to keep up with those changes.”

The panel was the ninth of the OwnerView Conference, and was run with OwnerView’s project manager, Gary Falter. The conference is hosted by The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and sponsored by Bessemer Trust, Stoll Keenon Ogden, and The Green Group. This panel was sponsored by Equilume.

OwnerView is a joint effort spearheaded by The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association to encourage ownership of Thoroughbreds and provide accurate information on aspects of ownership such as trainers, public racing syndicates, the process of purchasing and owning a Thoroughbred, racehorse retirement, and owner licensing.

The need for a central resource to encourage Thoroughbred ownership was identified in the comprehensive economic study of the sport that was commissioned by The Jockey Club and conducted by McKinsey & Company in 2011. The OwnerView site was launched in May 2012.

There is one more 2023 Thoroughbred Owner Conference virtual panel, scheduled for December 5 at 2pm EST. Breeding Plans will feature a panel discussing matings, nicking, conformation traits, broodmare preferences, and stallion selection.

There is no registration fee for the virtual conference series, but registration is required.



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