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Open Toed Shoes written by James Findler & Marie Leginus


A shoe to alleviate caudal hoof pain, or excess stress to the navicular area. This shoe would help reduce coffin joint pain, and horses with broken back HPA issues. May or may not be a permanent shoe.

 Anatomy Involved:

 The caudal hoof: Deep digital flexor tendon, navicular bone, navicular bursa, navicular ligaments, digital cushion, medial and lateral branches of SL, distal interphalangeal joint.

 Signs :

 -Current X-rays beneficial

-Severely broken back HPA

-Significant Caudal heel pain

-Atrophied bars/heels

-Negative heel when sighted

-Lameness apparent

-Consistent pointing on affected limb/limbs



 -Specific use only (Therapeutic shoe, treated as such – no mountain riding etc)

-If applied incorrectly, will have negative effects on other structures.

-Toe can be worn back too far on abrasive footing

-Abrasive footing may create fissures and white line separation if horse is living in an un-ideal environment

-Sole pressure may occur if not eased

-Cautious with toe nails, if the shoe is not fit properly

-Positive frog pressure if applied without pad (occurs when heels are sunken below the plane of the frog)

-Dorsal coronary band dropping (?) - * If improperly fit – may occur



 -Relieves stress on Deep digital flexor tendon, Navicular bone, navicular ligaments, navicular bursa, distal interphalangeal joint, medial and lateral branches of Suspensory Ligament, Digital cushion

-Positive improvements on HPA

-Positive change in hoof symmetry over time


 -Recommended to be applied to fore limbs only.

-To be fit to the toe pillars of the hoof (not to be set underneath extremely)