02-14-2012, 05:39 AM
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When you look at the stress put on the body of a performance horse vs that of a pasture puff, of course they are going to have more injuries - generally tendon, ligament and joint injuries. Things like nails punctures in the hoof has nothing to do with performance, its just unlucky.
I guess its the same in people - an elite athlete is going to have more injuries than your average joe office worker that does no strenuous exercise.