The horseshoe has provided an artificial means to achieve a varied level of performance from the horse within the confines of domestication. It has been successful in enabling the horse to reach the expectations placed upon it over centuries of war, work, pleasure and competitions. However, over this time the lack of progressive, open-minded thinking, in depth research and the combination of shoeing and unnatural living has resulted in repetitive pathologies and dependency on what is not natural breaching the first principle of Applied Equine Podiatry being 'Do No Harm'.
Nature over millions of years of evolution has created a remarkable foundation to carry the horse in the form of a hoof. The application of artificial aids to achieve function through traditional equine podiatry and unnatural habitats has removed the innate ability of the horse to heal itself by adapting to and using appropriate environmental conditions and stimulus. The principles of Applied Equine Podiatry seeking to treat the horse as a whole establishing proper environmental stimulus promoting correct structure and function striving for high performance cannot be achieved using the values of traditional hoof care.
Applied Equine Podiatry has provided freedom of choice by giving the option of putting back the responsibility of the horse's well being with the owner. Like the horse the owner has also become Dependent on traditional techniques to achieve performance. This has not only had a psychological impact on the horse but the owner too, who has experienced little option but to depend on the traditional values of hoof care in an attempt to resolve the problems that have arisen, by interfering with, instead of using what nature has to offer, breaching the essence of Applied Equine Podiatry.
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