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[RC] [RC] Query #2: why are low heels bad?/not always - Sherman

My mustang mare had very low heels, but a nicely balanced hoof, definitely not "underslung" heels and no long toes. Her 3.5 yr old filly has the same type of hoof. Neither has had any shoes yet. I'm wondering if & when I need to shoe the filly due to riding on very rocky trails when she's 6 or 7 yrs., will it change her heel length? Or since her hoof is already developed will it keep it's nice shape & balance even with shoes, assuming the shoer does a good job.
 
Kathy
 
Low heels OTOH are the norm for wild horses and many trimmed barefoot horses---