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QUESTION: hello sir. may i know the best shoe  for flat feet horses?

ANSWER: HELLO ROHIT...THANKS FOR YOUR QUESTION...

There is NO special or best shoe for a flat or dropped sole horse.

The MOST important thing is to have NO SOLE PRESSURE in your shoes !!
By either grinding, rasping or the round/beveled side of the hammer, take the inside web of
the shoe down where as it does not lay or put pressure on the sole itself.

Actually like a bevel when looking at the hoof side of the shoe. Many companies now have
shoes on the market that are beveled.

Best to You !!
Joepaul Meyers,CJF

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QUESTION: thanks for the answer. sir, we in INDIA use wedge pads for flat feet horses. i believe that it is foolish. what do you say?

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HELLO ROHIT...
Sorry I am late giving You and answer, I have been working out-of-my state...

Yes... You are correct. Again it is NO sole pressure that helps a flat footed/sole
horse. You MAY be giving "temporary" relief to some horses that "might" be tender in
their heel/palmar area; but by elevating the hoof angle does nothing in helping the
hoof or flat soles !!

Best to You !!
Joepaul

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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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