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Rock And Roll Shoe Cures A Horse’s Blues

Lame foot now grows heels


ROCK AND ROLL SHOE. Blake Brown, right, shows a rock and roll shoe to farriers following his case study presentation at the 2007 International Hoof-Care Summit.

Apache was presented to the veterinary clinic where I was the resident farrier in 2003. The horse, who stands nearly 16-hands high, had a right front lameness. He also has high-low syndrome, meaning that one foot has a long toe and a low heel and the other foot has a short toe and a high heel.

When grazing or eating off the ground, Apache puts his right front forward and his left front foot rearward. Over a lifetime, he has developed asymmetrical feet. The cause is uneven pressure on the heels of the forward foot. The heels become crushed and underrun. At the same time the toe migrates forward, thinning the sole and creating a longer breakover for the toe.

The foot that goes rearward will be resting or pressing on the toe and the effect is exactly the opposite of the other. The growth is retarded in the toe and the heel grows longer and becomes contracted, the frog becomes atrophied and the sole becomes flat.

I have noticed that horses that have a more upright shoulder and long upright pasterns will use the foot that goes back to rest on. This, in turn, will cause the foot that goes back to develop a dish in the toe.

Initial Diagnosis

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SHOE MARRIAGE. Brown builds his rock and roll shoe from two Delta Lite…

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