Custom designed 3D printed horseshoes created from 3D scans are enabling horses with laminitis to recover faster. The horseshoes are designed to not stress affected areas between hoof and bone, allowing healing to occur faster.
The first test subject, a mare named Holly, appear to be successful, with the horse expected to be “walking normally” within mere weeks. Typically Laminitis is a difficult disease to cure, so vets are extremely interested in the new technique.
The inspiration for these horseshoes came from work done to create ultra-light 3D printed titanium horseshoes for race horses.