Advertise Follow Us
In this series, we will examine different shoeing applications and various alternatives for achieving the same desired outcome. In this installment, we explore the onion-heel shoe.
Developed in France during the 17th century, the shoe was forged to protect the heel from corns or bruising. However, the French didn’t call them corns. Rather, they were called onions — hence the name of the shoe.
If protection of the seat of corn didn’t reveal the mechanical nature of the shoe, its broad heels and thin toe certainly do. The onion-heel shoe allows the horse’s heels to float on the footing while encouraging the toe to penetrate. While the original intent of the shoe was to protect the seat of corn, its design benefits the foot and distal limb in other ways.