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I have chosen to highlight the work of Professor Robert Bowker because I have organised and attended his seminars and worked with him in Australia. His commitment to advancing our knowledge of the hoof is outstanding.   I believe his published research to be the very best available to do date.

The problem with metal shoes

Hoof anatomy with Professor Robert Bowker, part 7:

Courtesy of EponaTV  Sept28, 2020

Peripheral Loading - Possible but Not Ideal! 

Professor Robert Bowker

Part3 Sept 28, 2020 Courtesy EponaTV

Navicular Syndrome

Hoof Anatomy with Prof. Robert Bowker, part 2: 

Courtesy of EponaTV  28th Sept, 2020

Effects of Terrain Surface on Blood Vessels within the hoof.

Stimulating the foot - 

Hoof Anatomy with Professor Robert Bowker, part 4:

Sept 28, 2020 Courtesy of EponaTV

Trimming the Feet.

A researchers view of barefoot trimming, transitioning and basic rules of good trimming.   

Hoof Anatomy with Professor Robert Bowker, part 5

Sept 28,2020 Courtesy of EponaTV   

Osteoporosis of the Coffin Bone.

Hoof Anatomy with Professor Robert Bowker, part 6:

Courtesy of EponaTV   Sept 28, 2020

More great videos from Professor Bowker available at the Laminitis Site.

Professor Robert Bowker Bio:

PhD, Neurobiology, University of Pennsylvania, 1979 
VMD, Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 1973  
BS, Biolgoy/chemistry, Springfield College, 1969 
Professor Bowker has spent the last decade and a half as Head of the Equine Hoof Laboratory Research Team based at Michigan State University in the US. At the universtiy he teaches veterinary students and his specialty is hoof research through the study of the functions of the equine foot at cellular level.
Dr. Bowker is one of the top researchers in the world on hoof form and function.  He has changed the way we will view the hoof forever and bought hoof care into the 21st century.  
His research interests in horses began in the early 90's when he began focusing upon understanding how nerves aid and improve foot function, how horses use the many sensations present in the foot to negotiate within its environment and how the foot dissipates energy and supports the horse during health and disease conditions.  
He has presented his results to numerous international and national audiences over the past ten plus years, and  believes that a healthy foot translates to a healthy horse.  
Dr. Bowker presently continues his studies in understanding hoof function and how we can better improve the health and condition of the foot during such disease conditions as laminitis and navicular syndrome. Combining his research with his duties as Professor of Anatomy, Bob also consults online and in person with horse owners, hoof practitioners and vets from around the globe. I thank him for generously making his research freely available and explaining it for horse owners in the videos below.

Feeling inspired to work with rehabilitative hoof care? Like a brand new career?

Working in the industry already and like at add to your hoof knowledge? 

Consider a degree in Equine Podiotherapy taught through a fully GOVERNMENT ACCREDITED course in Australia.

The course is also attended by Equine Veterinarians who want to incorporate this type of rehab into their equine practices.

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