´The Hoof of the Horse´ will take you on a journey tracing the development of the equine hoof, from its beginning in the mare’s uterus all the way to old age. It is written in three sections which explore; the physical nature of the hoof, the five ages of the hoof, and affects upon the hoof. We know that the shape of the hoof is linked to soundness and good health: why and how the hoof changes its form is explained in detail.
There are 250 beautiful colour illustrations which will illuminate the text. It is a book to be read by anyone interested in the horse and how its unique hoof works. Much of the information in this book has not been published elsewhere. Ten years of scientific research into the hoof are explained simply giving the reader a deeper knowledge of the hoof than has ever been possible before.
Dr. Simon Curtis has been a practicing farrier in Newmarket for over 45 years. He has lectured and demonstrated farriery in more than 20 countries on 6 continents including the USA, Australia, India, Russia, and Brazil. He has published 3 text books on farriery; Farriery: Foal to Racehorse, Corrective Farriery: Volumes 1 & 2; and has been published in numerous journals. Simon has been awarded an Honorary Associateship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Simon Curtis is a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Farriers (2001-2002). In 2018, Simon was presented the Sir Colin Spedding Award by the Princess Royal, for his exceptional practical and educational contributions to farriery over 45 years. He is a Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farriers by examination (FWCF) and is currently an examiner. In 2005 Simon was inducted into the International Farriers Hall of Fame at the Kentucky Derby Museum. He gained a First Degree, Bachelor of Science in Farriery (summa cum laude) through The University of Central Lancashire in 2011 and has recently completed a PhD degree in equine physiology and biomechanics. He was made an Honorary Fellow of Myerscough College in 2017.