Underrun Heels in Horses


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

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  1. Xavier MEAL says:

    You may be missing a key point re. underrun heels : if they become underrun, it is because their foundation, i.e. the internal structure from which they grow, and that is the appendage of the ungular cartilages, is distorted. So, the work is on the cartilages, and the goal is to give the opportunity to these cartilage to regain a proper shape. That means they need to be stimulated properly. And the media, or vehicule, of that stimulation is the hoof capsule.

  2. Casie says:

    Hi Xavier,

    You are right–the internal structures always play a key role in hoof health and many of our young horses aren’t allowed to develop fully functional internal structures due to lack of movement, soft terrain, shoes, etc. We need to get the back of the foot functional once again in order to see positive changes. Sorry if I didn’t convey that in this post. . .


  3. Cheryl Nelson says:

    Having worked on a lot of different types of good over the years I’ve found the flat foot with forward run toes and under run heels takes nite time and a much shorter trim cycle to improve and maintain. As you back up the heels, but not lowering them, finding the proper location to bring the toes back to takes patience. The sole on these feet are usually thin due to the bars having been allowed to fold over the sole and being left too far forward toward the apex of the frog. This also pinches the frog and together reduces healthy blood flow in the entire hoof, brushing, and pain. Any disease, fungus further complicated the healing process. Any disease at the back of the foot in the heels causes pain and prevents a healthy heel first foot landing. Soaking and disinfecting, coupled with boots during exercise, dry footing like 1/4″ round pea gravel for loafing areas, plenty of turnout and a maximum four week trimming interval (sometimes touching up in between) can work wonders if the bars are overlaid and overgrown they must be addressed as well. You’re right in that it’s not just the hoof wall and heels that need attention.

  4. This trim will not work if the horse owner does not address the infection of the lamina in the hoof wall quarters and bar. The next trim will require the same aggressiveness and eventually the horse will be lame from the the trimming.

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