07-11-2011, 12:14 PM
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MH -- If your horse is just ' clicking' and not grabbing her front shoes or heels and pulling shoes or injuring her heels, she is probably 'forging'. This is where the toe of the hind foot hits the bottom of the front shoe when it breaks over and leaves the ground.
The best way we have found to correct that is to stand the horse up in the front, roll the toe on the front shoes and sometimes even set the front shoes back. This is all done to speed up the break-over and let the horse gets its front hooves out of the way.
The other thing that adds to forging and over-reaching is when an owner / farrier wants to 'straighten up' a horse the toes out or is cow-hocked behind. This is done very often in Arabians and makes them start over-reaching. When the hind feet toe out, the horse lands with them wide and they miss the front feet. Trying to straighten them up makes them hit or step on their front feet. I used to train a lot of Arabians and nearly all of them came to me hitting themselves because their his-guided owners had tried to make them look straight.