February 12, 2013

2MT - Tech Question - How do Wild Horses get Their Traction?

Hi Y'all,

In my most recent 2MT video, I discuss reasons to shoe your horse.  In the first episode, I make a case for shoeing your horses to provide traction.  You can watch the video by clicking on it below. 

After that episode posted, I received a technical question from a young lady.  She wanted to know how wild horses would get their traction since they are naturally unshod.  This was a great question and one that I thought I should go ahead and explain here so that you all could see the answer.  Here's how I responded:

The toe of the feral horse breaks the ground, providing traction, and the frog of the wild horse acts as a rudder.  As the horse turns the frog will add resistance from side to side.   Keep in mind that the horses that live in the wild, for the most part, run in a straight line and only for a short while (less than 100 yards).  We ask domestic horses to make short turns, jump fences and other things that are not natural movements for them.  That is why we need to help them with traction so that they perform their best in what ever jobs they have.  I hope this helps, please remember to email or call with any questions.   info@vettec.com   / 800-483-8832