If you can see the differences in the photography between "classical and modern" dressage, you can see the differences between what I am working towards and what many other hoof care providers produce.
Do you cause or allow? Each process takes an equal amount of thought and work, but the end results are extremely different.
This individual uses his body assymetrically. He is not lame or compromised. He has earned his assymetry. To be healthy, you must earn your body: symmetrical or assymetrical by line and curve analysis. Holistically, of course, an earned body is globally symmetric despite any localized assymetry (the opposite concept of "line and curve" analysis.)
Do pitchers have their muscles cut to produce form? No. Do they have their muscle cut to create "line and curve" symmetry? No.
Why not? Because the only truly healthy body, the only body that has a chance of achieving its maximum potential, is allowed (based on quality principals) and not caused (cut to man's notions).
Yet, that is exactly what most hoof care providers do to the hoof capsule, they cause (or cut) it instead of allow it, which is precisely why we see such suboptimal body ergonomics. All I do is grow hooves. The horse himself has the massive physical intellegence to place and use that hoof as is best if I simply allow him to do so. If you attempt to cause or cut the properties I display in my hooves, we will have a suboptimal result, just as we would if we tried to cause or cut muscle in our pitcher, and just as we would if we try to cause, instead of allow, dressage, or really any horse, movements.
I will pull this navicular case study again (also used a couple of posts ago). I will also put in a picture or 2 from Centaur Biomechanics. We have these wonderful diagnostics at our disposal. Let's use them to observe the results of different hoof/horse care practices so that we can create a better physical creature. Not just for sport, but because we can as loving humans.
Until we are producing the types of body changes I can produce, much of what the hoof care culture is doing with the hoof is simply producing suboptimal biomechanics.
Below is an image from Centaur Biomechanics....what I wouldn't give to TEAMUP and produce some really great data on the creation of magnificence in our domesticated equine populations. I think I can make this horse better at his physical endeavors. The only catch is that, like classical dressage, hoof care is a process, not an endpoint.