racehorse underrun Achilles heel ?

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    07-06-2012, 08:03 PM
racehorse underrun Achilles heel ?

Hello All

Just want to share few thoughts about the underrun heels in the racing industry.

I'm no expert , but to my logic.

The "standard race plating" has a built in fault.

When you think about it, its reinforce the toe and enlarge its mass

While the heels are, simply put it, just "covered up" .

And actually "left alone" to handle the track and speed forces.

Is that might be the reason that underrun heels are so prevalent in this discipline ?.

Are racehorse maybe should shod in different way ?

A way that put much more emphasis on heel TRUE support ?

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    07-06-2012, 08:54 PM
I think Thoroughbred conformation has more to do with it than the shoes .
    07-06-2012, 11:25 PM
Yes Cotton's right. And my take on it is you can only do so much in the way of heel support. They're built to interfere. Some of these horses over-reach so bad they hit themselves in the back of the knees, not the heels of the foot.
    07-07-2012, 01:44 PM
I did'nt explain myself well

I'm not a native English speaker, so I apologies.

In my mind the "U" shape hoof and horseshoe , is misleading.

The hoof it self should be viewed and treated as a circular entity .

And as I see it, in my unprofessional eyes,

Its like letting a human wear a shoe when the heel part is missing.

And again I'm no professional but those are my thoughts

Thanks for listening


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