|South Dakota 5 year old Missouri Fox Trotter
with 3 months Professional Training ridden in eggbutt snaffle and wintec
western saddle in round pen and 45X160 arena by rider of average experienced.
Question: When I bought this mare 1 yr ago, her hind hooves were "squared"
. Trimming her at the angle the seller suggested and using shoes
has not helped. She has been
From Panelist Laura
Are you having problems with gait or just concerned about the hind toes
wearing? Some MFT's are purposefully trimmed and shod with a square
toe in the hind feet to help them breakover quicker to enhance the fox
trot. If for some reason you want a rounder toe, have your farrier
set the hind shoe so that the front of the shoe is where the toe would
have been if it wasn't squared off. It will take time to grow out
the foot. This will also delay
From Panelist Stella
If she's wearing her toes, too much bodyweight is being supported by that, rather than being balanced centered over her hoof...sounds like this angle is considerably higher than her natural pastern angle, which is what you want it to be to balance squarly over her hoof for even wear. Sometimes people change angles for a quick fix to correct gait, rather than use training methods, but this will eventually cause problems with the strain.
It is better for the horse's long term well-being to correct this to her natural pastern angle, and use training if it adversely affects gait...that may be initial, but give it a chance first, for the tendons and ligaments to readapt...then she'll likely gait better, you may or may not need some training to help.
From Panelist Lee
I am unclear on what you mean by breaking over better and not
wearing the toes. Many/most horses wear the toes out on their
hind shoes as a natural result of the way the hoof lifts from the ground.
If you want her to break over more quickly with a hind hoof, the general
approach is to box, square.roll or "back up" the toe so that there
is a shorter phalangeal lever in that hoof. So, to break over
better, you in a way artificially "wear" the
If the problem is that she is having trouble dragging her hind hooves, that problem is most likely not in the hoof but higher up in the hind leg. Exercise to build up her stifles and hocks, hill climbing, work over poles or low obstacles, may help strengthen the hind legs to the point that they no longer drag the toes.
Try to find a farrier who is competent to shoe and trim normal horses, have him trim her to her natural angle in back, shoe her that way as well, and see how she does after a program of physical therapy through this type of exercise.
Good luck with your horse.
From Panelist Bob
Without seeing you horse this is a very difficult question to answer. There are several things that could cause un-natural hoof wear. Squaring the toes behind makes for quicker break over and a shorter flight path. It is usually done to prevent forging/interfering. What I would suggest first is to trim your mare normally and leave her angle behind 2 degrees higher than what her natural (hip/pastern) angle would be. You will also need to well round her toes as well. If I could see pics or a video I could tell you a lot more.
From Panelist Liz
Her feet should be trimmed anatomically correct for her conformation.
No so called gaited horse farrier work. Just a normal length, natural
angle with the pastern. If the toes are catching you could have them rolled
just a bit. More important though, I would have the horse checked for any
mis-alignment in the back or hindquarters. It the
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