<< Dudley got new shoes today and my farrier gave me a
very detailed explanation of what he sees as the cause of Dudley's
crookedness: high-low heel syndrome. In other words, his right front heel is
high and his left front heel is lower (normal). According to my farrier it
is a genetic problem which is getting worse in all breeds because breeders
are not breeding it out. It is caused by the check ligament in the higher
heeled leg being shorter than the comparable ligament in the other leg. The
problem gets worse as the horse ages but can be kept under control with good
farriery - i.e., trimming the high heel down just to the point where the
horse "unloads" - can't get the heel down any further towards the ground. >>
Sounds like bullshit to me. Do we have a farrier in the group? If not, Laney,
go over to Rec.equestrian newsgroup and confer with Tom Stovall.
The problem does, though, sound like one originating in the feet. Report back
in a week as to the results of this new shoeing, if you would.