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princessfluffybritches 03-25-2013 11:14 AM

Sheared Heel Help

My horse has what looks to be a sheared heel. I've learned that horses that toe out are prone to this, and on top of that, farrier leaves the inside heel higher and the outside toe higher to reduce the toeing out (!!!). Which makes it that the shearing heel is trimmed leaving a taller heel which adds to the sheared heel in my understanding.

This pic was taken after I had lowered that heel some , the farrier had left it higher than it is in that pic.
Any advice?

Also, can this move the coffin bone within the hoof capsule?

princessfluffybritches 03-25-2013 11:36 AM

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spirit88 03-25-2013 03:26 PM

My last farrier would leave one heel higher then the other to straighten
out pigeon toes. The horse is crooked legged to. That farrier is fired.

Not sure that's a smart idea to straighten hoofs that are on crooked legs.

loosie 03-26-2013 05:31 AM

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Can you move the heel bulbs independently of each other? They don't look obviously sheared to me, just imbalanced. *But so saying, I've had very little experience of sheared heels, only had one client who's horse was 'sheared' due to an injury.

princessfluffybritches 04-02-2013 10:47 PM

Loosie, it must have been imbalanced. I lowered the heel and it's gone. Yup, farrier wants to "fix" toeing out. So I just unfix it and blame it on the limestone road, LOL

Saddlebum 04-15-2013 07:35 PM

A farrier who believes they can fix conformational issues that are normal for that horse, is not a farrier.

It really helps to know the horse over a lifetime. But, if one does not, then a farrier who tries and has no progress in attempt after attempt, then they should recognize the horse needs to toe out or in or whatever to feel comfortable and leave it alone.

I tried to force a key in a lock and it broke off, inside the lock - bummer.

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