The equestrian lifestyle community.

Back to feed

How does shoeing help with stifle problems?

How does shoeing help with stifle problems?
Hey Vanessa,

Corrective shoeing helps to eliminate sticking stifles in some horses. The farrier encourages hoof rotation by trimming the inside wall or applying a lateral heel wedge. Better medial breakover can be enhanced by rounding the medial aspect of the toe of the hoof or shoe.

In one study that looked at treatments for locking stifles, 40% of horses with locking stifles showed complete recovery, and 20% had marked improvement following corrective shoeing. Another 10% of affected horses showed improvement when corrective trimming was combined with weight gain and exercise.