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hello sir. i believe that this horse has low heels. if i use wedge pads, it would change the pastern angle(this horse has a normal pastern) and may lead to stumbling. am i right?

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HELLO CAINE... THANKS FOR YOUR QUESTION...

IT Could !!???  Reason I say this is there are a few variables.
From the pic, the horse looks well shod (plenty of shoe showing)& has short cannon bones
/metacarpals, YOU CAN'T get everything !!
But.."remember" THERE ARE (2) joints You have to worry about when you change angles.
The coffin joint at the hair line & the fetlock !!
As you raise/elevate the hoof angle, the fetlock will fall or drop backwards.

ALSO WHAT MANY FORGET WHILE SHOEING/TRIMMING...The strain or possible strain one puts
on the ligaments & tendons !!
What you do on the "outside...you do to the inside"...

Best to You !!
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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