Big Brown the Kentucky Derby Winner has a type of shoe that is glued on to the bottom of the hoof. Now you may ask yourself why glue instead of nails?
There are several reasons that glue on shoes are preferred for some horses even big horses like Big Brown.
- Horses that have damaged hoof walls
- Hoof walls that are thin
- White line disease or hoof wall separation
- Laminitis (Founder)
- Coffin bone fractures
- Even hooves that have been trimmed too short and are now sore
In Big Brown’s case he had hoof wall separation and an infection (abscess) in the foot. The glue on shoes helped him recover and recover quickly. So quickly, in fact that from January when he was laid off because of the problem, he was able to come back and win the Kentucky Derby. Now he has his eyes set on the Preakness. Let see if the glue on shoes help him win that one as well.
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