Dr. Jennifer Gill and Gabriella Lynn of the Western Kentucky University Equine Science Department (WKU) completed the first independent university study comparing hoof boots to traditional metal shoes. Results confirmed what those in the horse community have been witnessing for years. Hoof Boots benefit horses – by providing comfort, protection, shock absorption and minimizing potential hoof damage.
The study, which compared nailed-on metal shoes with Cavallo hoof boots, focused on surface area, force, and pressure exerted on horses’ hooves while travelling on the hard surface of asphalt. Scientists used FujiFilm imaging to determine the amount of pressure felt in the horse’s hooves. This film procedure allowed the scientists to see dynamic pressure through colour mapping.
“The Cavallo Hoof Boots protected the entire hoof itself, which we thought was very beneficial, especially over some other types of hoof protection, such as horseshoes,” Gill said. “We also found that the tread of the Cavallo Trek Hoof Boots was thicker and would provide more space to contact with the ground than a metal horseshoe.”
“We found that the Cavallo Trek Hoof Boots was significantly lower in pressure than the other two treatments,” Gill said. “And this is what we expected from our data. We would have expected that the Cavallo Trek Hoof Boots would have been lower —especially with a hard terrain. This was good news for what we were expecting to see.”
“The contacting surface area with the Cavallo Trek Hoof Boots was significantly higher than the other two treatments,” Gill continued. There was more tread that was in contact with the ground than would be with the steel horseshoe and the steel horseshoe with Equi-Pak.
“Based on this result, we would say that horses would have better traction in the Cavallo Trek Hoof Boots and be better able to dissipate those forces and pressure because of the increases in surface area,” Gill said.
Read the full study here…
Originally posted on Cavallo Inc