Assessment of hoof angles in the Catalan Pyrenean Horse
Bonich Aranda, Laia
Universitat de Lleida. Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria Agrària
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A proper hoof conformation is a sign of health and welfare in horses. The aim of this final degree project was to estimate the mean values of hoof angles in the Catalan Pyrenean Horse, a local breed from the Pyrenees area in Catalonia. Pictures of the lateral view of each distal limb were taken in a population of 110 Catalan Pyrenean Horses. Not only pictures were taken, but also other parameters were recorded from each animal. These parameters included: sex, age, coat colour, herd, leg marking, body score condition and place. The angles of the toe, heel, pastern and coronet were included in this research. A table of contents was created and a Non-Parametric Multivariant Anova was performed in order to study the differences within all the limbs and between each angle. Results could show how the toe angle had significantly higher values than the heel angle. They also suggested significant differences between the conformation of forelimb and hindlimb hooves, meanwhile hooves from right and left pairs of limbs appeared to be similar. Animals with higher body score condition and foals had greater angle values, but hoof angles in animals that presented hoof abnormalities tended to be more acute.
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