Biomechanics, podology and elements of forging
Learning outcomes of the course unit
During the course students will acquire the knowledge they require to approach subsequent disciplines in the areas of biomechanics and farriery.
Course contents summary
Concepts of biomechanics, podiatry and farriery; relationship between conformation and motion; definition of lameness and ataxia; relationship between conformation and ataxia; locomotion dynamics (walk, trot, amble, canter, gallop, jump); analysis of motor and coordination capacities; biomechanics of movement of fore limb, rear limb and phalangeal axis; structure, functions and lesions of the foot; concepts of farriery, shoes, shoeing and corrective trimming; biomechanics and work (complete, jumps, trot, gallop, western riding); growth problems in the foal.
1) Clayton H.M. (1990), The Equine Athlete, Vol. 3, no. 2, 17-20.
2) Stashak T.S. (1990), Adam’s lameness in horses, 4th edition, Lea & Febiger, Philadelphia. Italian edition published by 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.