Look At My New Shoes
is like riding, dentistry, or a feed program, where balance is the
most important thing.
Balance of the foot depends on not only your farrier, but the team
work of the people around your horse. In achieving good feet for
your horse, all possibilities should be considered: riding, vet,
body workers, dentist, diet, etc. Unfortunately, if a healthy foot
is not achieved, there are no consequences to us, the rider, farrier,
trainer…. only to the horse.
The majority of people are confused about the design of the hoof, so
when evaluating your horse’s feet, follow these simple rules.
- The horses’ foot should have a sensitive and insensitive frog, with
a nice well-defined cleft.
- The foot should have a sensitive and
- The depth of the sole and hoof wall should be at
the same height as your insensitive frog.
- The white line should be
of equal distance all the way around the foot.
If your horse’s foot
looks like that, you have a balanced foot . If you have chips,
cracks, or flares, you have an imbalanced foot. This tells you, the
horse is out of balance, and you know then you have not completed
the wellness circle (body workers, chiropractor, farrier, dentist,
When your horse is recently shod, the foot should look balanced. In
a short period of time, the imbalances may reappear. The answers to
a well-balanced foot, lie not only with the farrier, but the in
It is helpful to educate yourself as much as possible about the foot
and how it and the body relate to each other. Many books have been
written (ie: anatomy, riding, veterinary, sculpting and farrier).
These will help you to complete wellness for your horse.
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