ALUMINIUM KINETHERAPEUTIC SHOES Your horse can benefit from rehabilitation through movement by interacting with the ground thanks to Michel VAILLANT aluminium kinetherapeutic shoes. The aim of kinetherapeutic farriery is to make movement easier by reducing the tensions and pressures on sensitive or injured anatomical structures. It acts by modifying the foot’s longitudinal or transverse balance. It works by redistributing the interaction with the ground beneath the foot, whilst working on the differential penetration of the various parts of the shoe in the supple and reactive surfaces found in modern schools. Consequently, Michel VAILLANT aluminium kinetherapeutic shoes manipulate the forces acting on the osteo-articular structures and the superficial and deep tendons. The horses ‘finger’ (foot + pastern + fetlock) is subject to very high mechanical stress when used for sport, depending on the type of ground surface and the speed. Foot problems are a major cause of lameness and lead to poorer performances in sport horses. During the early part of this century and during the previous one, when one spoke of therapeutic shoes it meant orthopaedic shoes. The term orthopaedic (from the Greek orthos = right and paidos = child) means correcting children and is both medically and etymologically inappropriate! Nowadays, nothing is more logical than to speak of kinetherapeutic farriery (kinesi = movement + therapy). These shoes allow horses carrying injuries to keep active by the reduction in biomechanical stess provided by the shape of the shoes. CONCEPT ORIGIN The concept of kinetherapeutic shoeing is the result of numerous biomechanical trials conducted over the last 30 years by Professor Jean-Marie Denoix. He has imagined and designed the Michel VAILLANT JMD shoes. The first objective of kinetherapeutic shoes is to stabilise a horse that is carrying injuries to prevent them from getting worse. The relief that is provided contributes to continuing their sports career in competitions. WHY ALUMINIUM? Using aluminium avoids adding weight to the end of the limbs and reduces the stress caused by vibrations on the lower and upper parts of the limb, especially during support and impact phases. The high technicality of the alloys used allows Michel VAILLANT to produce very reliable aluminium shoes whilst maintaining a shoeing interval of 5 - 6 weeks.