Egg Bar Shoes in Texas

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Q: We have a quarter horse stallion currently in training with a very well known trainer in Texas. He is being shown in hunter under saddle classes. This trainer insists on using eggbar shoes with a wedge because the horse doesn't grow enough heel. The problem is now the horse has developed a quarter crack. Could the quarter crack be the result of the eggbars? The horse is 4 yrs.old and had been last year without any problems, but that was with a different trainer and regular shoes.

A: Could egg bar shoes result in quarter cracks? Not if properly applied. Quarter cracks are almost always the result of an improperly balanced hoof, regardless of the type of shoe used.

You stated that your trainer insists on egg bar shoes with a wedge. I am not clear as to what you mean by "with a wedge". If you are referring to wedge PADS, your trainer is insisting on incorrect shoeing. If you were referring to an egg bar shoe with a wedged heel, your trainer would be correct, providing that the shoe is not aluminum.

I would venture to say that even though you said your horse had no problems with regular shoes, your horse was probably already loosing heel with them. Read my Q&A "NONEXISTENT HEELS". It deals with developing heel using a shoe called the dropped down egg bar shoe. This shoe is also discussed and illustrated on the Q&A "BOWED TENDON ON HIND LEG". This shoe has been highly successful for me in growing heel in horses that have no heel. However, the horn tubules must be cut back to where they are not lying in a horizontal plane. They must be in a vertical plane to grow heel with ANY shoe. Competent Certified Journeyman Farriers will know of which I speak. If your farrier doesn't know what I am talking about, then you need a new farrier or you need to educate the one you have. You can educate him by having him e-mail me or call me on the telephone and talk to me directly.

Your horse is a young one and growing heels on him should not be a tremendous undertaking. It won't happen over night, but you should be able to put heels on a horse like this in 6 months of corrective shoeing.

To summarize: back up the break-over, extend the dropped down egg bar shoe to the bulbs, and re-set approximately every 5 weeks. In 3 or 4 shoeings you should see tremendous amounts of heel growing. I would also like to recommend HT-20 by Vita Flex Nutrition for its biotin and other hoof-building ingredients.


Geronimo Bayard
The American Blacksmith
Oakland, Oregon

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