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hello sir, can i use a wedge shoe on horses whose tendons are very weak?

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You can do this, but the tendon will never become stronger if the tendon doesn't get enough stress to build strength. The horse with tendon issues will most likely break down if he continues to race without proper healing or conditioning. If I had a horse retired from racing and used as simply a riding horse, I would use wedges to make him more comfortable if he has an old tendon injury. There are horses that race with front shoe wedges, but usually because the have conformation issues that need to be corrected with shoeing. Low heals sometimes is corrected with wedges. Hind shoe wedges are commonly used to relieve stress on the stifles.

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Christopher Crocker

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All questions pertaining to thoroughbred horse racing from a trainer's perspective. All questions about thoroughbred training methods, equine biochemistry and physiology. General questions about strategies and economics of thoroughbred horse racing. I will also be pleased to answer general questions about training and caring for horses of all breeds.

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I have been breaking, schooling and training thoroughbred race horses for over 17 years.

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http://CrockerRacingStable.com

Education/Credentials
High school graduate 1992. Dalfort Aircraft 1994. Licensed thoroughbred horse trainer in the United States and Canada.

Awards and Honors
Track record with Chedi at Colonial Downs 2011. Multiple Stakes Placed Trainer.

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