Shes a farrier. A very experienced one much more up to date than many vets and most farriers. HGS is he horse grooming upplies forum. She posts there. Id still get an opinion from her. She may be able to point you in a better direction.
My vet graduated from her internship in June of 2012 from Reata Equine Hospital in Texas. She's new, but she is very rapidly becoming THE
lameness expert in a large part of our state. She deals only with horses, and most of her cases are lameness cases.
And her husband, certified by the American Farriers Association, graduated in 2007 from horseshoeing school in Oklahoma. He looked at Red the day I had him down there, but didn't have time to shoe him.
I'd say they are pretty up-to-date. Not saying a second opinion never hurts, but again, I trust them fully and I'm going to go with it for the time being.
Although my farrier isn't "certified" he is constantly going to different continuing education things so I do know he does stay up to date as well.
Originally Posted by trailhorserider View Post
Hey, stupid question of the day. And maybe I'm just confused, but isn't the above quote exactly what you would NOT want to do?
Looking at the left side of the x-ray I would be inclined to actually lower the left side, not raise is it. Lowering that side would actually take a little stress off the joints, would it not? I don't mean major trimming measures, but just lowering that side a little.
Maybe I am just confused today. Somebody please explain, lol!
PS. To the OP, I hope your boy is doing better with his new shoes and pads. I really hope it helps him!
I'm not sure I really understand it all myself, but I trust my farrier 200%.
So the top x-ray I posted is a view of his left front foot, as if you are looking at it from front to back. So the left side of the x-ray photo is actually the right
(inside) side of his left front foot. (If that sentence at all makes sense.) He is slightly pigeon-toed and therefore he wears down the outside of the hoof more than the inside. Thus making the inside "too high" because it doesn't wear as fast. Shame on me he was over-due for the trim, but this lameness issue has been going on much longer than him just being over-due.
So, he is bearing most of his weight on the outside of his hoof, because that's where he's landing and wearing away the hoof. My farrier used the example that he's landing with 60% of his weight on the outside side of the hoof, and only 40% on the inside side of the hoof. By displacing the shoe slightly to the outside, we can artifically cause his hoof to land closer to 50%/50% with equal weight.
He also make the tail (term??) of the shoe hang out away from his heel a bit longer. Of course, it puts him more at risk for pulling a shoe, but he said by doing that it will help him get more pressure off his heel. Same thing with the low wedge = get more pressure off his heel.
And I might not be explaining all that quite right, but I guess that's kinda how I understood it.