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Equine Hoof Health: Evaluating the Effect of PEMF on Sole Depth

In a recent study published in the Journal of Equine Rehabilitation & ScienceDirect.com, the effectiveness of Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields (PEMF) on the sole depth of the equine hoof was evaluated. “Evaluating the effect of pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy on the sole depth of the equine hoof: A pilot study” is the first study to evaluate the effect of PEMF on hoof infrastructure.

Understanding the Importance

It is accepted that equine performance is directly influenced by hoof condition, and yet despite this, few interventions to improve hoof condition have been critically analyzed, offering minimal therapeutic options. In this study, they report a trend towards a positive impact of pulsed electromagnetic frequency (PEMF) therapy on the sole depth indicating a potential benefit of a noninvasive therapy for soundness and performance in the horse.

Why Conduct This Study?

This study was conducted because thin soles and poor palmar angles are common issues among performance horses. Various therapies are available to mitigate the impact of inadequate sole depth, although few have been found to improve the internal structures. Current options include anti-inflammatory drugs, injections, and specialized hoof care. These costly options present a significant challenge for achieving effective management. MagnaWave PEMF provides a non-invasive, drug-free option to improve sole depth and palmar angles.

How was this Study Conducted?

The study enrolled ten adult horses of various breeds and placed them into two groups—the PEMF or control group. The PEMF group received PEMF application to both hooves for 10 minutes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and this protocol persisted for 30 days. Animals in the control group received no intervention. Radiography was performed the day before the study onset and 30 days after. Horses were maintained on the same property and remained in their regular exercise and routine. Exercise varied depending on the horse enrolled, but all were exercised five times a week for an average of 30 minutes. PEMF sessions included placing both front hooves on the MagnaWave Large Pet Mat attached to the MagnaWave Julian Duo.

Highlights and Results

  • PEMF tended to increase the sole depth of the right hoof.
  • No increase in palmar angle was noted following the PEMF sessions under the confines of the study.

In Conclusion


This pilot study indicates that PEMF may improve the equine hoof’s sole depth. The observed results suggest that PEMF could improve hoof health, highlighting its potential as a beneficial approach in equine care.

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