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Breakover occurs as the heels of a horse’s foot start to leave the ground. Farriers can alter the timing in which breakover occurs by changing the location and the manner in which a horse breaks over the toe area of the hoof capsule.
A couple of keg shoe modifications allow us to do this by applying a rolled-toe or a rocker-toed shoe.
Rolled toe. A rolled toe is a shoe modification that can be applied to the ground surface of both front and hind shoes. It can be forged into a shoe or created with a grinder from the dorsal border of the shoe back to the inside of the web of the shoe at the toe in a graduated or tapered manner (Figures 1a and 1b). This…