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PERFORMANCE HORSE STALLIONS
By Bill Gray
"Contracted heels is a shift of the hoof wall resulting in the narrowing of the foot" as defined by Anvil Magazine.
For years, I have widened and spread the shoe to be full and hanging out on the sides of the hoof to leave room for expansion if the heels were contracted. This concept is the traditional way most horseshoers, including myself, have been programmed to shoe for years and years. I would see little, if any, change from one shoeing to the next using the theory of keeping the shoe full throughout the heels. I don't want this pro-cess to be confused with how to shoe a horse with under-slung heels; the "traditional" way will be most helpful with that situation. The last decade has changed my way of thinking on shoeing a horse with contracted heels. Read more...
PREVENTATIVE SHOEING OR TRIMMING FOR A HORSE THAT "TOES IN"
“It takes a knowledgeable horse owner and trainer to address this properly. Once a person can be aware and notice that the hoof is not aligning straight and is toeing in, then the next step is to approach your farrier with the con- cern. Together it can be discussed and address- ed. You may not be able to get it perfect and fix it entirely, but you can help it.” There may be a question that most owners face when they first purchase a new horse or foal out their new baby from their own breeding program. Read more...
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