When and How to Rocker and Roll Toes in Horseshoes

Adjusting breakover can help ease stress on the limb by bringing it back into mechanical function

Farrier Takeaways

  • Depending on conformation and timeliness of care, the horse’s toe can turn into a lever arm and increase the stresses placed upon the limb. Moving breakover can ease these forces.
  • A rocker toe modification requires that the foot’s distal/dorsal solar surface is trimmed shorter to accommodate the application of the shoe.
  • A rolled toe modification can be easily applied without getting into sensitive structures of the foot during the trim.

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…

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Jeff ridley

Jeff Ridley

Jeff Ridley, CJF (TE), APF is the founding president of the American Association of Professional Farriers and served as president of the Iowa Professional Farriers Association.

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