That’s a new one :smile:A farrier told me that my horse has week heels.
What does this mean?
What do weak heels look like versus strong heels?
How does one strengthen heels?
My horse is barefoot and usually lands either heel-first or flat.
Thanks for that - it’s something I’ve never dealt with or seenWeak heels would probably mean underdeveloped digital cushions and/or lateral cartilages. Robust heels would be nice and plump, weak heels would be kind of flat looking (thinking above the hairline). Development of these structures would be the result of lots of correct movement. It's said by some that once these structures deteriorate (or never develop, as in perhaps stall raised foals), they cannot return - others say this is not true.
I have a picture of a dissection showing the difference, but figured I'd better ask permission to post it.