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post #1 of 5 Old 09-07-2011, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Can upright pasterns be caused by improper shoeing?

Just wondering if upright pasterns can be caused by improper shoeing? For example the heel being to high and the toe being too short causing the pastern to be very upright...
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Just wondering if upright pasterns can be caused by improper shoeing? For example the heel being to high and the toe being too short causing the pastern to be very upright...
Yes. High heels, too short toes will tend to lead to a broken forward pastern - too shallow angle, whereas broken back - too short heels, long toes make the pastern steeper in relation to the hoof.
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I would think that improper shoeing could cause pasterns to APPEAR more upright than they truly are, but not actually cause an upright pastern.

It is my understanding that a truly upright pastern is caused by the actual skeletal structure of the leg, length of bones and such.
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I have to agree with HC.

Conformation is conformation.

Hoof trimming can make conformation look some what different but it does not change the actual conformation.
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Upright pasterns have two causes and neither is trimming or shoeing AFTER a horse is mature.

They are caused by genetically inherited conformation and nutrition deficits in the pregnant mare or growing foal. Some bloodlines have upright pasterns no matter what their nutrition is and some horses have good legs and feet in their genetic background and have upright pasterns from contracted tendons caused by poor nutrition enutero or during fast growth periods during their first 2 to 3 years of life. Those pasterns can be so extreme that they can even 'cock' forward. Those poor horses that suffer from both causes are frequently so crippled that they are put down or are never completely sound.

Horses with short, upright pasterns are prime candidates for ring-bone and side-bone unsoundnesses. Oddly enough, horses with upright pastern conformation often have upright shoulders also.
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