Long toe – low heels

The following is a short case study of an older Thoroughbred mare with crushed, under-run heels, long toe and thin soles. While people generally refer to heels like this as “low” they are actually quite long and simply run forward and crushed. Heels like this actually need to be trimmed (contrary to most people asking “don’t take any heel off my horse!”). The heels must be brought to the back of the foot and are typically then raised with a wedge, glue, etc. This brings the base of support back where it belongs while helping to align the bony column. Shoeing cycle for this mare was done at 6 week intervals. The time between the before and after photographs was 3 cycles (approximately 18 weeks total). Click on Photos to see a larger image.