Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Whas the horse a Standardbred? It's a common shoeing arrangemnet in trotters, but not in pacers. Often used in trotters who are to high-going in front to ease the point of breakover to give more reach in the stride. Some trotters(albeit bad gaited ones!) are so high going in the front that they will touch their elbows and slam the foot down causing all kinds of issues so this arrangement can sometimes help. My prefered method of shoeing a horse with this isue is a rolled toe aluminum shoe with some toe grab, but if that fails, turn it around.
So if the horse was suffering from navicular or a trotter, no the farrier was not loaded!
~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork