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Shoeing is a lot more than simply covering the bottom of a horse’s foot with pieces of metal, although some horseshoers don’t seem to realize this.
One important aspect of fitting shoes to feet is heel fit. This little detail of the job can be extremely difficult to master.
There are a lot of styles and types of heels. How the horse is to be used and the environment it lives in become important when determining how to fit an individual horse. You can also throw into the mix all manner of pathological shoes from egg bars to patton-style bars.
This article will deal with fitting a saddle horse in the manner that I shoe the majority of the horses in my practice. I fit tighter than a lot of my colleagues, yet my horses stay sound and my customers happy. When it’s all said and done, who can argue with that?
When determining how to fit a heel, a few of the factors that should be accounted for are:
Once these have all been considered you can begin getting the right heel fit together with…