ridecamp@endurance.net: [endurance] Re: Hoof Angles

[endurance] Re: Hoof Angles

Karen Chaton (karen@chaton.gardnerville.nv.us)
Fri, 19 Jan 1996 23:25:23 -0800 (PST)

> Even I could see the problem with this lack of care ( or knowledge ) on
>the part of the farrier. If your horse doesn't seem to have a problem with
>the way he moves/travels down the trail, then "if it ain't broke, don't fix

You know what though - my horse moved exceptionally well, I always got
comments on what a good mover my horse was, he won ribbons in horse shows,
and passed thru many many vet checks without ever a comment ... his feet
were so out of balance (now that I've learned the difference I could kick

We've been working for many months getting my horses feet back into shape.
I wish a vet had pointed some of this stuff out to me sooner. I was lucky
enough to meet a farrier at a ride who pointed some of this stuff out to me
and helped me get on the right track. (and the horse to)

Now that my horse has his feet balanced, he can travel much faster with the
same or less effort - it is truly amazing. So, if it ain't broke, make sure
it ain't broke (don't learn the hard way like I did - at my horse's
expense). It's amazing how well a horse can learn to compensate for a

There are some really good articles on balanced shoeing in Trail Blazer
magazine. They do a different article every month. I save them all, so if
anybody is interested in a specific subject, just let me know.