Wedge Pad Principles

Used correctly, pads can be very beneficial to your horse

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Only if necessary

In my experience at a horse rescue I have seen 2 ex jumpers that formally had wedge shoes. One is now 20 years old. His heels were wedged a total of 1 1/2 inches, a ridiculous rise. From the looks of him he had those shoes on before his jumping career even began. He is a quarter horse but you would not know, as he is extremely tall and thin. His shoulders are incredibly narrow and his elbows are dipped in.The space between his front legs is no more than 4 inches, making him very tipsy and unable to make quick turns. His fetlocks had nearly no flex to them, the reason he was lame was that his hooves absorbed all the shock from jumps rather than his suspensory tendons. What is most apparent are the folds of wrinkled skin between his legs. He is so deformed that his skin hangs loosely, where it should be pulled right across broad shoulders. When we got the shoes off he limped for months, as his tendons were 1 1/2 inches shorter than his legs were. He must be stretched every single day, even though he's had his shoes off for 3 years. His owner fought to put him down at the age of 16 when he became too lame to jump. Our rescue took him in after a distraught barn worker came to us. The next horse is just 7 years old and was wedged 1/2 an inch. His wedge was improper, causing a navicular injury. At the age of just 7 years old he is chronically lame. Wedging should only be done when absolutely necessary, not for the sake of "his toes not hitting the jump" or "competing with tendon injuries", the common excuses I hear.

Cassidy 111 days ago

the suspensory ligament looks very stressed in the hoof shod with the wedge pad - we like to see the root of the problem addressed - why not address weak angle with correct trimming and build a healthy stronger digital cushion and frog which will help elevate the heel and give true natural correct angle

the suspensory ligament looks very stressed in the hoof shod with the wedge pad - we like to see the root of the problem addressed - why not address weak angle with correct trimming and build a healthy stronger digital cushion and frog which will help elevate the heel and give true natural correct angle

Connie Challice more than 2 years ago