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    05-08-2013, 10:56 AM
Breakover is how quickly the horse is able to pick the foot up after putting it down (that's not exactly right, but I can't think of the proper way to describe it...someone else will do a better job). A horse with long toes is about like a human trying to walk in clown shoes or swimming flippers, it's impossible to get proper leg movement and it puts a lot of wear and tear on the tendons if the horse is having to work to get his foot picked up.

The horse with had with Navicular (was diagnosed at 5 by 3 different vets due to really crappy shoeing...super long toes, no heel, etc) did really good with those Natural Balance shoes. They had the toes sort of squared off so that he would have a really easy and quick breakover. With that, and meticulous hoof care (never let him go even a week too long), he was sound for work until he was 25. Granted, the last few years didn't involve hard work, but he was still being ridden frequently and worked lightly on cattle.
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    05-08-2013, 11:06 AM
Yes Jaydee that is why I was wondering about a second opinion. Seems like the closest lameness specialist to me is going to be about an hour and a half away. My parents are the ones with the trailer and idk if they'll trailer me that far even if I paid for diesel. Sometimes they really don't understand. Thank you smrobs. I've always insisted on a square toe and a short toe. So who makes natural balance shoes
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    05-08-2013, 11:15 AM
You should be able to get something similar just about anywhere that horseshoes are sold
Natural Balance Horseshoes

BUT, my brother got to where he would just re-shape regular horseshoes to basically act the same because some of his customers didn't want to dish out the money for the different shoes.

Also, keep in mind that just because they worked on Flash doesn't mean that they work on everything.
    05-08-2013, 11:21 AM
Here are the pics. Sorry his feet are kind of dirty. He just stepped in poop -_- of course and I just sprayed some stuff on for thrush. So that's why they look wet. He got these shoes a month ago. And his feet look tiny and he looks huge hahaha because I took them from standing up and looking down basically.
    05-08-2013, 11:23 AM
Dangit sorry they are sideways. I don't know how to keep them rotated
    05-17-2013, 11:42 AM
Well everyone agreed that this is very minor and it's not the splint that's causing his pain. It's navicular pain. So we have put 2 degree wedges on and we are going to see how he goes. They aren't pads. They're aluminum shoes that are a little thicker towards the heel area. I just have to accept that he's getting older and just like an older person will be a little sore sometimes here and there. But he has been cleared for everything from eventing to endurance! Yay! Unless that splint decides to change or start hurting when I squeeze it then I will have to take him back to the vets. I'm so glad he can be my partner in crime still! . I just have one more question though. I have been thinking about this for some time. I noticed over the past couple of years he has become kind of spooky. I take him to the big parades and he's fine. I take him to busy shows and he's perfect. The first two years I had him he was great. Rarely spooked and I didn't have to worry about it. But lately when we are riding he spooks randomly at the stupidest things or nothing at all. Like he is constantly looking for some thing to spook at. I have never dismounted when he spooks. I never let him face away from it. I make him side pass towards it usually or flex him and move him around. But it's like he can't get over it? I feel like we have a good bond but I feel like we can't hit the trails without him jumping sideways at nothing. Could this increasing nervousness be caused by pain? Could his feet have been hurting him for a while now? Can navicular pain cause a horse to become spookier? I may need to start a new thread! Lol
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    05-17-2013, 11:43 AM
Also if anyone would like ill take pics of his pretty shiny new shoes :)
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