Guelph Research

Posted: December 5th, 2007, by Melanie Merrow

I found the following interesting research information on the University of Guelph website.

Effect of mechanical stress on laminar junction remodeling
Projects 2005-2006
Dr. Jeff Thomason
Mechanical stresses occur in hooves with every footfall, usually leading to adaptive responses over time. That is, the living and inert components of the hoof are remodeled to continue to withstand the imposed stresses. Like bones and muscles, the hoof has a need for some mechanical stimulation, but not too much or too little. Stresses in a beneficial range promote vascular activity and apparently adaptive remodeling. What this study will describe is how the laminar junction remodels in response to stress in a beneficial range. In conjunction with previous work on stresses and strains during different activities and on different substrates, the results will indicate the levels of exercise that are appropriate for good hoof function and structure.

Quantifying the hoof’s response to loading during exercise
Changes in external shape, growth rate and internal anatomy
Projects 2004-2005
Dr. Jeff Thomason
Hooves experience the shock of hitting the ground as well as the increasing force when bodyweight is transferred to the leg. The active response of the hoof to many factors such as gait, speed, substrate etc will be examined. With this knowledge, it should be possible to predict and prevent hoof lameness due to mechanical aetiology.