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hello sir. may i know why thoroughbred horses have round fore hooves and oval hind hooves? this is the reason why they are shod with borium shoes on their hind.

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HELLO ROHIT...THANKS FOR YOUR QUESTION...

First ... Borium is strictly a traction device/application on the shoes & ANY breed of
horse can have them applied. NOT only on the hind but all (4) shoes.

Second... Most all breeds of horses tend to have more round front hooves & oval/tapered
hind hooves.
Reason being, the fronts are for pulling and pivoting on turns, therefore being broader
gives a bigger surface to operate.
The hind hooves are tapered so they can drive and push off when they excellerate.
The hind end/quarters is the "motor/engine" of the horse. The more tapered shape helps
then dig in and drive forward better !!

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Joepaul Meyers,CJF

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With over 40yrs. as a Certified Journeyman/Master Farrier, I have taught at the Univ.& Trade School levels. My specialty is Veterinary Farriery, Lameness and Therapeutic shoeing.

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