Ella has always had quite low heels and now that she's finally learnt to behave for the farrier he suggested wedged shoes all round. Has anyone used these before? He said he would be happy to put straights on but would highly recommend wedges.
Yes, I've used them on many horses when circumstance deemed said use appropriate.
Has anyone found any issues with wedges? It all sounds logical to me but thought I'd get a second opinion.
Yes. A wedged shoe or pad is designed to restore phalangeal alignment of the distal limb. You've described "quite low heels". I imagine a "broken back" phalangeal alignment, increasing leverage at the caudal aspect of the hoof capsule. Issues can include excess leverage associated with improper use/installation; Excess pressure on sensitive structures in the caudal aspect of the foot; failure to correctly align the distal phalanxes due improper elevation. Footing can negate the mechanical benefits of some wedge orthotics (Soft versus hard footing, rim pad versus wedged shoe heels versus bar wedge pad versus full wedge pad, etc).
The plan always was to shoe her to fix those feet but while she was in bandages all last year on both hind legs I just couldn't afford it so they were trimmed and maintained. She's deffinately getting shoes on tomorrow only question is straight or wedged.
You have not provided enough information to answer the question.
I should have gotten pics but only realized that once I was home. At the moment they're shocking low sole low heels too much toe weak walls
Photos AND radiographs. Photos provide evidence of phalangeal alignment. Radiographs are statically definitive.
One cannot discuss "low heels" in earnest without understanding tubule length, angulation with respect to dorsal wall tubule growth, hoof capsule geometry (morphology) and conformational loading characteristics. It's like asking "how high is up?".
Is there "too much toe" or is that an illusion associated with a small/negative ventral angle? Are the walls really "weak" or breaking down under forces associated with load imbalance and subsequent capsular distortion? Does "low sole" mean a prolapse of solar material with respect to tubule wall growth, lack of sole tissue depth under the distal phalanx or something else?
Come back with before/after shoeing photos and radiographs. Could make for interesting discourse.