Paul Loe: Shoeing for Optimum Balance
Dr. Paul Loe believes a horse’s ability to perform all begins in the feet. He says getting the feet balanced is fundamental to the way they move and to help prevent soreness. In this two-part video he demonstrates how to shoe a horse for optimum balance. The horse featured here had chronic foot pain with a grade 2 out of 5 lameness. Dr. Loe explains how he shod this horse over the past 18 weeks, concentrating on keeping the foot balanced according to each shoeing cycle.
Dr. Loe talks about why he wants to see a 50/50 relationship between the break over and weight bearing point of the foot. With this horse's pathology problems he could not be shod like this from the start, but this 50/50 relationship is what he has been working towards over the past 18 weeks.
Dr. Loe discusses the mechanics of the PLR (performance leverage reducing) shoe and why he's chosen to use it on this horse. He likes to keep the heels of the horse pretty full to allow for expansion and contraction of the foot and to always keep in mind where the foot will grow to when it's time to re-shoe the horse, usually every 6 weeks.