What Happens in the Hoof?
The causes can vary, but the result is the same. The suspensory apparatus of the hoof loses its functionality because the lamellae are being compromised. The bearing edge is the most accessible weight-bearing structure in the hoof. Physical forces reach and influence it first and are then transmitted to the inner parts. If the compromised connective tissue cannot withstand these forces, it will be unable to keep the hoof wall connected to the suspended coffin bone. The hoof wall continues to deviate from the bone, especially the parts of the hoof wall that are already bent concavely to the ground. The thick dorsal hoof wall is exposed to the most leverage and therefore affected the most.