Biomechanics, podology and clinical elements
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course is structured in lectures and practical classe
practices to enable students to acquire the basics of
Biomechanics, Podiatry and farriery and simultaneously achieve professional independence.
The important moment is the interpretation of the biomechanical, physiological and
pathological aspects from his own knowledge gained during lessons and individual study.
Course contents summary
Concepts of biomechanics, podiatry and farriery; Relationships between conformation and movement; definition of lameness and ataxia; Relationships between conformation and lameness; Dynamics of locomotion (walk, trot, amble, canter, gallop, jump), Analysis of motor skills and coordinative; biomechanics of movement of the forelimb, hind limb phalangeal axis; Structure, functions and foot injuries; Concepts farrier, irons, shoeing, corrective draws; biomechanics and labor (full, jumping, trot, gallop, western riding, problems of growth in foal.
Clayton H.M. (1990): The Equine Athlete, Vol.3, n.2, 17-20.
2) Stashak T.S. (1990): Adam’s lameness in horses, IV Ed., Lea & Febiger, Philadelphia. Ed. Italiana SBM Noceto (Parma), 8-11, 111, 448, 468-469, 593-595.
3) Hickman J.(1977): Come ferrare il cavallo, Editoriale Olimpia.
4) Pollit C. C.(1995): Color Atlas of The Horse’s Foot. Mosby – Wolfe, London.
Lectures will be conducted with methods of projection and practical exercises through semeiological and clinical investigation of horses suffering from orthopedic disorders and their treatment of farriery.
The course is completed with educational tours at racecourses and equestrian centers in order to evaluate the characteristics of the activities of the horses in the various areas in which they are used.
Assessment methods and criteria
The verification of acquired skills is done through an oral test and the preparation and discussion of an issue relevant to the arguments developed in lectures and practical