THE THREE MAIN PRINCIPLES THAT FORM THE FOUNDATION OF APPLIED EQUINE PODIATRY ARE:
Structure + Function = Performance
This formula is the cornerstone of Applied Equine Podiatry. Traditionally or conventionally, function has been confused with performance leaving a void that has resulted in a lack of progressive research on how the internal foot and hoof utilises and dissipates energy.
The Horse Has an Innate Ability to Heal Itself
A statement that may seem a little far fetched and idealistic, however, within Applied Equine Podiatry correct pressure has proven to be the stimulus for correct growth and substantiates the definition often referred to within Applied Equine Podiatry as Whole Horse Hoof Care.
Do No Harm
This is a simple but very important statement and one that requires an in depth knowledge of the how the internal foot and hoof of the horse functions and how this knowledge can be used to ensure correct trimming and rehabilitation within an environment conducive to healing.
The latest research has resulted in a solid model of the foot of the horse and how internal and external structures dissipate and utilise energy. From this model a trimming method has been formulated to enable us to move ahead and to new levels in our treatment, rehabilitation and conditioning of the equine foot as we strive to achieve high performance as a shoeless alternative.
Energetics is the scientific study of energy under transformation