Originally Posted by Kayella
I would assume that since the horse gets a very quick breakover(at the pillars?) it would encourage heel first landing. How it thickens the sole, I've got no clue. But my farrier is scheduled to come out Saturday and I'll bother him with questions and such. And maybe post pictures of Henny's feet afterwards!
Yep, be interested to hear, & also what he says about horses that do lots of turns - eg. Cutting, barrels, dressage, etc, who regardless of how symmetrical they may be in confo & movement, will not be 'breaking over' at the centre while they're working...
I don't think that putting the breakover back to where it should be would encourage heel first landings - and if heels are sensitive, horses will land toe first regardless of mechanics. Soles get thicker with good health & use - just like yours will, if you care to go bare & grow some callouses. But as with horses, if your feet are unhealthy or too sensitive, you also need to protect them when conditions are too much, or it will work against 'conditioning' too.