Renowned Newmarket farrier Simon Curtis presented results from his PhD research project to a packed Newmarket Orthopaedic Development Group (NODG) audience at Rossdales Equine Hospital on 9th February. His groundbreaking work, describing the developmental anatomy and physiology of equid perinatal hoof development and early adaptation to the extrauterine environment, has not previously been investigated and reported.
Simon's achievements by following his scientific curiosity as a practising master farrier are a fundamental contribution to descriptive equine developmental anatomy and physiology of the foot. Hopefully they will stimulate further scientific investigations by farriers, veterinary anatomists and clinicians into the normal and abnormal development of the equine distal limb. In turn, it is to be hoped that this will lead to management recommendations to enhance the athletic sustainability of the growing equine athlete and working equid.
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