Low heels – Please help

I have a barrel horse that came off the track. At one time a farrier got hold of him and when he came back he had low heels. My farrier now (new one!) is trying to get his heels to grow back. Last time he put shoes ...I have a barrel horse that came off the track. At one time a farrier got hold of him and when he came back he had low heels. My farrier now (new one!) is trying to get his heels to grow back. Last time he put shoes ...

Story originally posted by: Michael Lowder, DVM, MS

Dr. Lowder,

I have a barrel horse that came off the track. At one time a farrier got hold of him and when he came back he had low heels. My farrier now (new one!) is trying to get his heels to grow back. Last time he put shoes on him, he put wedges because he gets a little sore in his back when he is run alot.

He told me that it would help to keep him from getting sore in the back until we got his heel back. What do you think of wedges? Will they help? He has had them on about two weeks now and I think that he is a little touchy in the front end, but it could be because we have had so much rain and his feet are a little soft.

I really need some advice please.

Thank you very much.

Hello,

I would suggest you have your vet out to do a lameness exam and put some hoof testers on. In addition, the wedges are fine but it depends upon the degree of wedge. In addition, the low-heel, long toe complex is a hard one to deal with in many horses. See the articles on hoof lamenesses.

Thanks,
Dr. Lowder