Our FormaHoof Foal Toe Extensions are predominantly used in the treatment of club feet in foals and young horses and can be easily applied and trimmed to the length required for each individual animal under treatment.
The extension in the toe acts as a lever during breakover and forces an extension of the coffin joint up to the point where the heels touch the ground. This increases the tension on the deep flexor tendon, which in turn should lead to the stretching of the corresponding muscle. The typical foal hoof conformation seen is caused by the downward rotation of the tip of the coffin bone by the Deep Digital Flexor Tendon.
The severity of the rotation is classified as Stage I or Stage II. A Stage I deformity is present when the front of the hoof is less than vertical or vertical. With Stage II contracture, the dorsal hoof wall passes beyond the vertical, tipping slightly forward.
The FormaHoof Foal Toe Extension prevents this and aids with the correct realignment of the hoof pastern axis.
3D Hoof Protection – Supports the hoof wall by filling in weaknesses in the hoof. The external contours of the FormaHoof Foal Toe Extension are designed to perfectly support the foal’s hoof and developing conformation.
Corrects imbalances – Creates the perfect support to correct foal conformational problems and hoof imbalances.
Fast Solution – The quickest total hoof support for common foal hoof and conformation problems.
Protection in herd – The FormaHoof Application provides protection to the foal’s hoof in a herd situation, where their sensitive small hooves may be stepped on etc. by other horses.
Comfortable Solution – No discomfort for the foal. Allows for the hoof’s natural expansion and contraction and healthy growth.
Step 1: Clean your horse’s hooves and measure the length and width of the hoof. Take the widest part for the width, do not include the heel bulb for the length. More information about how to measure can be found here.
Step 2: Refer to the FormaHoof sizing chart below and select the FormaHoof Mould size that best fits with your horse’s measurements, making sure to use the correct units.
If, due to an underlying condition, there are significant differences in the length and width of the horse’s hoof, always take the larger measurement.