For well over a decade, I have worked at developing a scientific approach to hoof care, one that ultimately was spurred on by lateral thinking. The scientific approach that I am referring to is that of Applied Equine Podiatry (a holistic approach to hoof care). Applied Equine Podiatry has since proven itself as a viable alternative to the conventional farrier practice. It goes far beyond the natural hoof care model that has served so many over the past two decades. Applied Equine Podiatry goes beyond static mechanics (the basis of the farrier sciences), kinematics (the study of motion), and even dynamics (the study of the energies that result in motion) by utilizing the science of "Energetics." Energetics defines how we look at the relationship physiology and biomechanics hold to one another, and how they work in concert to support and achieve health in the equine foot. The unique approach of using lateral thinking grounded in science has led to many breakthroughs, and is continuing to solidify this approach to the study of the equine foot.