Recognize the Issues

It can be seen from these two mouseover images above that the hoof presented for shoeing has a very quick breakover. Pay attention to the distance from the point of the frog to the toe of the shoe. The horses stride is substantially shorter with this style of shoeing. The before picture shows that the shoe was set back significantly with a broad toe box to increase the speed and direction of breakover causing the hoof to travel vertically quickly as soon as the hoof leaves the ground. In the final view (mouseover image to see final shoe application) a more normal breakover to correct the hoof flight. The hoof flight will be changed significantly to be a lower and longer trajectory. Of course, this changed increases the length and quality of the stride. Try to investigate the reasoning for the excessive setback of the shoe. Is it solely to keep the shoe from being pulled? Is there a lamness that is the concern? Answer these questions before changing to a more perimeter fit. Making the change will definitely give the horse an easy, appealing gait for pleasure or show.

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CALCULATE PAD THICKNESS TO CORRECT HOOF ANGLE

NO HOOF GROWTH

RECOGNIZE THE NEED FOR SUPPORT

DETERMINE THE PROBLEM AND PLAN

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