The Problem with High Heels


Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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7 Responses

  1. Kathy Anne says:

    That man is not making sense.
    He’s putting wedge pads under the heel and not doing anything to the toe !.
    That is not a good hoof, the heel is trimmed out, that is a false heel, clear to see this with the angle of the horn tubules growing down and pulled under the hoof, the periople is wide also which validates what I am saying.

  2. Kathy Anne says:

    Hi Cassie.
    Thank you for removing the video.

  3. Clissa says:

    From my extensive experience of raising foals (bare foot of course!), I have observed that foals are born with very upright feet.
    As they grow up, the cartilage develops in the joints which change shape and the bones harden.
    Then the hoof capsule also changes shape in response to the changed pattern of pressure and by around 2-3years of age (depending on breed), the capsule shape that we have learned to be ‘normal’ develops because the pastern is now at a more angular position.
    Until then, a young horse may have a slightly upright stance and be perfectly correct.
    However, if that young horse has pathologies, there is something amiss.
    I have also recovered horses from extreme founder and used upright heels for short periods as a part of the recovery process.
    So there is a time and place.

    • Karen says:

      My barefoot mare was just diagnosed with navicular. Her angles were too low. Low heal longer toe. Treatment was leave heal and trim toe back as much as possible. And use boots with a small wedge pad . Should I expect that the heal will eventually be trimmed back down after we get the toe back and effectively raise the angle or is this even possible?

  4. Claire says:

    Hi, my warmblood mare 4 years that I have just bought from Holland has an upright off fore and have treated for bad thrush and farrier working his magic slowly but finding it hard to find a hoof boot to fit this foot. Any advice on hoof boot brands that might fit an upright foot. Thanks

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