Help for that last furlong

By Steve Stanley

Steve Stanley, who shoes Standardbred racehorses at the Red Mile in Lexington, Ky., likes to say that “little changes go a long way” at the racetrack.

“Anyone who knows racehorses knows that sore feet will stop them in the last furlong of a race,” he told attendees
during a presentation at the International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio, earlier this year. “They start short-stepping, interfering. They can’t reach their level of maximum performance, and that keeps them from beating horses they normally could. It’s the last part of the race where sore feet show up the most. And if you can help them, that’s where the improvement will show up as well.”

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