Originally Posted by KeroKero
What was one of the major causes of lameness in horses according to this man? Low heels. God help us all if that's the 'educated' information going out! And no he didn't give a reason, it was mostly slap-a-shoe-on sort of solutions to everything....
Yeah, can't comment on the man's knowledge or agenda for saying this - I thought laminitis & 'navicular' type issues were universally the most common problems... although long toes & low heels(are a huge factor in 'navicular' issues. But yes, 'broken back' hoof/pastern angles are a big cause of problems. Unfortunately many people still think of their horses as having 'no heel' when they're actually long but under run/crushed.
honestly, it really puts me off someone if they refuse to shoe a horse. I get the barefoot thing, I really do, but some horses just need shoes,
You know what's put me off most? Damage to wrists & elbow through the high frequency vibrations of hammering steel. I used to shoe, years ago & recently thought I'd do a 'refresher' course, for the occasional client that comes up that wants shoes(I'm not at all short for work without doing it), but I figure I'm doing very well thank you, without added wear & tear on my body. Don't take it that just because someone doesn't shoe themselves means they're necessarily closed to horses ever being shod.