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Hoof Comfort for Horses

Aquila Equine Enhancement Products, Inc., of Woburn, Massachusetts, developed magnetic hoof protector pads, called Power Pads which support appropriate size, and then mounted onto a horse's hooves using conventional shoeing methods. Once attached, the pads protect the hard and soft parts of the hoof by cushioning blows against the hard ground. The design also protects the vulnerable heel" of the hoof. They are a cost-effective its natural movement or flexibility and can be compared to a person changing into athletic shoes for a sporting event. The pads are cut to the Marshall Space Flight Center's Materials and Processing Laboratory for strength and durability. Putting the pads on a horse does not interfere with and cushion the impact on a horse's hooves and legs to provide comfort and protection against injuries. The pads were tested by way to protect a horse's hooves since they can be reused.
Internal Laboratory Ref #: 
MSFC-SO-6
Patent Status: 
Agency
NASA
Region
Southeast
State: 
Alabama
Phone: 
256-544-9151
Email: 
terry.taylor@nasa.gov
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