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post #1 of 12 Old 06-13-2010, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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Backward shoes?

I saw a horse today whose shoes were backward...never having seen this before, I was pretty confused What's the purpose of this? I read online that it can be used for founder to relieve pressure on the coffin bone, but for the most part everything I read said it's not a good idea. Is this the only thing it's usually used for?
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-13-2010, 02:25 PM
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Was the farrier drunk? :P

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haha that was my first thought! but no...looks like it was on purpose poor guy had the goofiest looking square toes...
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post #4 of 12 Old 06-13-2010, 02:42 PM
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lol, I wouldnt have it done on my horse.

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Used to treat exteme cases of founder with coffin bone rotation, also sometimes used in advanced navicular cases.

Extremely difficult to manage horses shod this way, as they step on/pull off the shoes really easily.
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Thanks maura!
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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!

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post #8 of 12 Old 06-13-2010, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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He was a fat appy :-p If he's had founder or navicular, it can't be extremely bad...he's not lame and goes in and out with the other horses daily. Would shoeing this way be used as a preventative too?
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post #9 of 12 Old 06-13-2010, 04:37 PM
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old way of helping a horse with navicular... way outdated but it worked... takes the pressure off of the heels helping to keep the horse sound

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post #10 of 12 Old 06-13-2010, 04:48 PM
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As everyone said, it was a way of using shoes on navicular horses until the advent of a heartbar shoe. I guess some farriers still use the old method as either a cost saving measure or by one who doesn't know/have the tools to make the proper shoe.

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