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    09-20-2012, 02:39 AM
filming hoof landing

I am new at trimming and a bit OCD about things, I figured out what is probably obvious to most, which is - to ensure that your horse lands heel first (for front hooves)- film them walking toward the camera on a flat surface, preferabley hard dirt, on ground of opposite color as their feet! I am slow on the up-take, so I put my DH through several filmings until I was 100% satified (DH kept saying it was clearly heel first at .125 playback speed, side view - but I just wanted a tiny bit "more" confirmation). Side view is nice and gets all 4's, but toward you removes any and all doubt w respect to the fronts (in slow mo).

I started obsessing on this aspect after watching part of the dvd's I got (under the horse), b/c I have to trim my baby's feet - I do not want to make a mistake, set something in motion, be responsible for problems, not detect something. Yada, yada. No telling what will be my next hoof stuff "obsession". :)
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    09-20-2012, 02:45 AM
Somewhere on the internet I saw this really cool video of hooves landing during various activities , like racing and jumping and such. It had been filmed with the camera that does super slo-mo, so it films many more frames per second. The detail of the movement was just amazing and really shows you both what an amazing mechanical design a hoof is, and what tremendous stresses are put upon it.

Can anyone find that video? It was only 3 or 4 minutes long, if I remember correctly.
    09-20-2012, 03:03 AM
Tiny, I've seen a few of those type vids on youtube. Missy, another way of making it easier to see how a horse is landing is to watch their knees. If the leg is straight just before impact, it's likely heel first. If knee is still bent, it's toe first.
    09-20-2012, 03:15 AM
Thanks you tell me.

Yeah, I would love to see that tiny. If its at home, HD is much better - but DD wasn't around so I had to settle for DH's iphone. First, he was not close enough, then he got to close... you know how it goes when you have to take the camera man you have at hand. HD would make a huge diff in "seeing it" chrystal clear right off.
    09-20-2012, 03:20 AM
I know that Zulu's way of landing is heel first. It's easy to see. But recently we had to shoe him on the front 'cause he was just too tender footed on the dry hard ground. I hope this won't ruin his way of landing, being shod, I mean. He was barefoot all year until the ground got hard.
I took him out today and he had lots of Zip, which was fun!
    09-20-2012, 03:40 AM
Originally Posted by tinyliny    
I know that Zulu's way of landing is heel first. It's easy to see. But recently we had to shoe him on the front 'cause he was just too tender footed on the dry hard ground. I hope this won't ruin his way of landing, being shod, I mean. He was barefoot all year until the ground got hard.
I took him out today and he had lots of Zip, which was fun!
Uh oh...looks like the ocd might be contagious. :)

My mare's pen is covered w hauled in sand (it is rocky ground), which makes it impossible to evaluate. She has no trouble over rocks. I just get "obsessed" w stuff...for no real "other reason". I hope Zulu (such a cool name) will benefit from the shoes. Btw, I said this on another thread...I had a mare that went from sand (her domain for years) to rock and got "ouchy". I put boots on her 24/7 (I cleaned them daily) until she transitioned. That was probs thereafter.

Glad you had a zippy ride!
    09-20-2012, 11:16 AM
Why don't you post your video here? We understand that life isn't perfect and it would be interesting to see.

I have a stop photography example I will try to post. In this one, neither foot is perfectly balanced and the heel first landing should not be perceptible to the naked eye so much. What the top line of the film is showing, is a horse that has too much of a heel first landing. See frame #4. Down the line, you'll see that the heel has left the ground, now note how farther forward the movement has taken the leg forward before those heels lift off the ground. You can't compare the stride of the top film with the bottom, but notice the heel first landing, hard to find. Horse sliding in almost flat, but still heel first. Now look down the line and see how far forward the leg is when the heels lift and hoof is released to roll forward. Its all about balance.

Hope this helps and the film posting is successful. You may be able to save it to your computer and open it up in Photoshop to play with it and see it easier. You Tube should also be a good source of this kind of eye candy as well.
    09-20-2012, 02:20 PM
Thanks missy, this type of footage is exactly what got me obsessed! :)

If I can get DD (a busy girl) to film I will try to post a short clip. Her camera is HD, and I don't have to go through conversion. The footage I did get, finally, satisfied me. For whatever reason, it was clearer on side w the initial "not so perfect" filming efforts w the back feet. I had originally gone over a cement slab, she has white feet...w/o HD, it just wasn't "crystal".

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