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What horses do you typically provide hoof-care for and what percentage has high-low hooves? How do you manage high-low on these horses?

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.
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Searches of our website indicate high-low syndrome is No. 1

A recent review of terms searched for on our website, seems to confirm the belief of many farriers that high-low syndrome is virtually endemic among U.S. horses.

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Tackling High-Low Syndrome From The High Side

Pennsylvania farrier finds focusing on getting upright hoof under control first helps bring the feet into closer symmetry
Todd Allen believes aggressively addressing the high foot is the key to bringing high-low feet more into alignment. This horse's feet are coming closer to matching following their third shoeing cycle.
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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.
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Balance, Symmetry Lead To Better Movement

Florida farrier finds solid, basic approach works best
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."
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