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Equitopia profiles a horse shoe called “Sneakers” and investigates why the biomechanics of the shoe provided comfort for several Equitopia horses with hoof lamenesses including; navicular syndrome, pedal osteitis, ringbone, low grade laminitis and chronic long-term inflammation inside the hoof capsule. Owners dealing with hoof lameness (especially Navicular Syndrome) often find themselves confused by differing Veterinary opinions, contradictory information on the internet, and a plethora of shoeing and barefoot options only to spend money and time while frequently their horses condition worsens.

In this video, Equitopia profiles the story of Sala, a rescued thoroughbred mare and documents her 2 year struggle with navicular syndrome, pedal osteitis, and laminitis. The Sneaker shoe broke the cycle of inflammation for Sala when nothing else worked.

Equitopia wanted to know more about Sneakers unique features, so we reached out to Kirk Adkins, the Founder of Equithotics, former Staff Farrier for U.C. Davis, and Dr. Sue Stover, BS, DVM,PhD and Professor of Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology for U.C. Davis. Dr Stover is the Director of the school’s J.D. Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory and recent recipient of the 2016 AVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research Award.

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