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Ground-Level Geometry: The Balance Box
Steps to "boxing" a foot by Grant Moon's method, as taught at the 1994 Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium:
1. Draw a line across the posterior part of the foot across the heels at the widest point of the frog.
2. Draw a parallel line across the toe.
3. Join these two parallel lines with perpendicular lines that just touch on the widest point of the foot. This will make a box with right angled corners.
4. Draw a line bisecting the heels, and scribe it toward the toe. At the point where this line intersects the white line of the foot, you will place your first nail hole.
5. Draw a horizontal line connecting the inside and outside first nail holes.
6. Point a pen at the center of the toe and draw a line to the center of each heel. This will show the shape of the heel that should be covering the heel.
This article originally appeared in Hoofcare & Lameness: The Journal of Equine Foot Science and is available for your personal use only. Re-publication is prohibited without the express written permission of Hoofcare & Lameness.
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