[QUOTE=princessfluffybritches;3847801] I believe that the frog makes contact with the ground, but does not bear enough weight to make any difference [\quote]
Why do you suppose that's not the case for feral arid environ horses & donkeys - & other equids - then? Why would they have such huge, well developed, weight bearing heels?
[quote]enough ground contact for the horse to feel it's feet, since the sole is sensitive and the wall is not. In fact, isn't a nice concave sole what we strive for? [\Quote]
As with your own skin, if its not well 'used' it will be thinner, softer & more sensitive. Frogs are most full of neurotransmitters for feeling/proprioception. And striving for concavity? That would depend IMO on environment & type of horse, etc.
I find that probably til the day I die, my knowledge will grow, my ideas may change, and I will laugh at myself at least 100 times for feeling really dumb.
Haha! Yes, conceivably one day we'll know it all, but there's still so much to learn isn't there?? Best thing everyone can do is keep learning, analysing what we 'know' & are told, & keep open minds! On that note, as its a common belief, interested to hear arguments about peripheral loading, just haven't heard any rational ones so far. Unfortunately one of Australia's top hoof-spurts has logical arguments such as 'its intuitively obvious' ... Which isn't a rational reason IMO! Posted via Mobile Device