October 04, 2013

2MT - Tech Question - How Can I Relieve Hoof Pressure?


"I have a horse that has thin soles and cannot go barefoot.  I had pads put on him that did not work.  He has pain from pressure on the back of the foot.  Is there any of your products that you think might work for me? I am enclosing  pictures of my horse. Help Please!" - Laura



"Hi Laura,

Thank you for sending the photos over this will help a bunch.

First things first, it's hard for me to really pick on a shoe job because, I don't know the conditions and how old the job is.

The first thing that jumps out at me is the size of shoe, I would like to see at least a size bigger on this foot. In the second photo you can see the wall growing out of the hair line and then a fold in the wall that drops down to the size of the shoe. Keep in mind I like the shoe to be as big or bigger than the coronary band. As the hoof leaves the coronary band it gets larger as it gets closer to the ground. The way this foot is set up, the shoe is under the coronary band not out side of it. This is a very common way of shoeing, just not the best way.

In the first photo you can see the dish about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch below the hair line. That is where the hoof wall is coming down in a good line but the toe is being pulled forward due to not backing up the wall. The heels I don't think are under run, the foot is just in front of the leg. This can be corrected by trimming the heels back ( from what I see about 3/8 to 1/2 an inch could come off ) and dressing the toe back. The line before the dish in the toe is the line to follow. 

If you can't get that much wall off, set the shoe back just in front of the white line. After a couple of shoeings you should see the dish start to go away.

In the last photo I see it looks like they have been trying to dress the toe back. It looks like the white line is showing through a little. 

I'm not sure that's the case, but if so, they are on the right track. A larger shoe will speed up the changes due to getting the whole foot the support it's needing.

The photos below are of hind feet.  I fit them very full on the out side heel, but what I wanted you to see is how the shoe is bigger than the coronary band.

I hope this helps and if you have any questions please let me know." - Tab Pigg, CJF