I provide hoof care to Thoroughbreds, hacks, show jumper, dressage and 3-day eventer horses. About 12% had high-low hooves — here in Australia we call it “grass hoof.” It’s caused by the horse continually only putting one foot forward to feed.
Even though scientific studies have shown the development of uneven feet in foals starts with their preference for grazing with one limb forward and one limb backward, some farriers believe high-low syndrome is due more to genetics than just being an asymmetrical trait.
Dale Lee twiddles with the lead rope attached to the halter on his wife’s barrel horse. "This horse started real well," Lee explains. "In his first rodeo, he was fourth out of 40, so he definitely shows a lot of promise."
Illinois farrier Vern Powell shares the benefits of looking at feet in terms of steel length instead of a standard factory shoe sizes. It could give you a leg up in a forging competition or when sitting for an examination.
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