ridecamp@endurance.net: hoof angles to correct shoulder differences

hoof angles to correct shoulder differences

Laney Humphrey (laneyh@mbay.net)
Fri, 28 Feb 1997 10:12:26 -0800

Hi again!
My horse isn't perfect, oh dear!!! But then neither am I. I am
perfectly determined to keep him sound however. Several people who should
know have looked at him and identified the problem as uneven shoulders, the
left being set further back than the right. The explanation for why the
saddle pad shifts (see my other post)is that his left shoulder has to travel
further forward and back to equal the more straight up and down movement for
the more forward set right shoulder. This causes him to hollow his left
side which pushes everything to the right rear.
One farrier suggested putting a lift on his left front hoof to bring
it more forward. I'm wondering if the same thing could be accomplished by
raising the angle of the left hoof (i.e., more heel) and lowering that of
the right (i.e., less heel). At this point, I'm not entirely convinced that
doing anything is necessary but I'm very open to all opinions. I am working
to train him to move in a more balanced frame with his rear under him.
Happy trails, Laney

Home Events Groups Rider Directory Market RideCamp Stuff