11-04-2012, 01:37 AM
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OP, more info, including some pics if you would like more than guesses. I am not at all familiar with EPM in Australia.... thankfully it seems! But yes, hoof probs & 'sub clinical' lameness & such is a common problem & unfortunately commonly unrecognised, yes, even by some farriers.
Iseul, of course I can't know more about the situation, but I HIGHLY doubt that horse in question was tripping because of laziness, or that the square toe shoes worked on a psychological basis. Horses do not fall over, particularly on their faces out of laziness - there was something physically wrong.