Originally Posted by trailhorserider View Post
I have a friend who basically neglects her horses feet......not in a bad way exactly. But only trims if they are quite long.... . But you know what......her horses are sound! ...
She also has gaited horses and she says her horses gait better with a long toe (they are barefoot).
Sounds like a 'bad way' to me.
Also as per PFB said, they may well be 'sound' now, or at least not obviously lame, but while yes, long toes(& very high heels) have been noted to make a horse 'gait' better(clowns in big shoes need to pick up their feet in an exaggerated manner too...), Long toes are about the best recipe for 'navicular syndrome' & articular low ringbone!
She is one of those that does best with a 4 point trim. I don't purposely 4-point trim her, I pretty much rasp from the top down. But she rolls her feet herself in a 4-point style. I can't say how it affects her gaiting because she is a bit trotty
Yes, I'm not a fan of the '4-point' or any other type of 'recipe' approach, to apply to feet generally, but if it's right for your horse...
But with the overly 'rolled' toes & I presume 'trotty' means short, choppy strides(?), I would consider that perhaps there's something going on in the shoulders or some such, that treatment could improve.
anyway. But I would rather have trotty than trippy.
She still gaits smoothly when kept slow.
I think all horse owners should strive to learn as much as possible about proper hoof form. It's just hard because so much is theory and everyone has a different opinion on the details.
Yes, SO important! Form **& function** is vital to understand & I think information on function especially is sorely lacking. Most information learned about hoof form comes from dead legs. Also how many people donate healthy, sound footed horses to universities for study.... important to consider the models we see in textbooks may differ greatly from healthy, well functioning hooves.
Yes, unfortunately unless it benefits the racing industry
, there's far too little science into horses, but the times are a changing. Good research from Dr Bowker & many others is coming along. Thousands of well documented case studies on a variety of hoof & lameness issues are on the tables & building daily now... If only vets & farriers learned more about *functional* anatomy & biomechanics at school...