Recently, there are more horses with different front hooves, or when one is lower, wider with a well-developed frog (the left as a rule) and another is narrow, upright, with depressed frog, so called “grass” foot.
Quarter and heel cracks in the hoof, in most cases are the result of the medial-lateral imbalances of the hoof and limb. These cracks are coming from the perioplic ring down and can reach up to the lower edge of the hoof. Imbalance occurs due to poor limbs conformation, resulting weight horses cover hoof not evenly.
A heart-bar horseshoe is a common solution for when the condition calls for frog support, such as laminitis or quarter cracks. Texas farrier Tommy Boudreau demonstrates his process on a St. Croix Eventer.
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