And above #5 is a "cut and paste", side by side comparison between the two hooves with differing heel heights. Unnatural heel on the left, natural heel on the right.
High heeled hoof form often results in less than maximum possible boot performance.
If your horse exhibits high heels you can expect problems with boot retention, increased wear and tear on the cables and cable
guide-ways and increased tread wear at the toe resulting from forward-shifted weight-bearing and poor "heel first" landing.
It should also be noted that "high heeled" hoof form and it's often associated steep pastern angles, greatly reduces length of stride and diminishes the leg columns ability to properly suspend
the weight of the horse and absorb shock which may lead to a shorter useful life of the horse.
If your horse has high heels, what should you do? If you have not yet noticed, the two hooves shown in the above examples are the very same hoof with the photos
taken right before and right after a natural trim with considerable heel reduction.
Through proper trimming practices, most high heeled horses can achieve a lower and more natural hoof form but sometimes the horse may have only one high heel (usually the right fore)
which is usually deemed to be a "club foot". These horses will usually require the horse owner to perform interim heel maintenance in order to keep the heel height in check
between regular trims. Consult with your hoof care professional for advice.