I am currently looking at a horse that has apparently had wedges used on his hind feet about a year ago (he no longer wears them) while racing because he was coming up lame after each run. He has only had 4 starts.
It is important to note that the farrier currently doing the work probably has THE worst reputation in the country for the way he slaps shoes on that are too small etc and puts no thought or effort into his work. He has a history of causing injury from poor workmanship.
I believe that my farrier could change the feet in a few months and he would have no problems. However I am waiting for him to go and assess the horse today and give me an honest opinion before I make any decisions.
Please could someone just explain exactly why they use heel wedges? It is someting I am very unfamiliar with. Are they used to protect tendons and avoid ligament and tendon strain?