Why is heel strike or at least flat landing so important? It is the single cause of navicular syndrome, also called navicular disease. So, if your horse has been diagnosed with Navicular Disease, look no further! I bet if you watch your horse at a trot (or even a walk sometimes) you’ll clearly see it toe striking.
This is not a trimming page. It only deals with Toe strike vs Heel strike and what it looks like when it happens. How to bring the horse to heel strike, we do not address here. We’ll look at those when we get into Trimming.
I think it’s important to how to recognize toe strike and that it just looks completely different to heel strike (or at the very least flat landing) before we get into the “how we will achieve that”.
I have placed a video above where I demonstrate how this pony toe strikes and how he went from toe strike to flat landing and eventually to heel strike all through the proper trim.
THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT INDICATOR OF PROPER HEEL TO TOE BALANCE AND EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR CORRECT HOOF MECHANISM (HOW THE FOOT WORKS INSIDE)!
IF YOU DON’T LEARN ANYTHING ON THIS SITE, PLEASE LEARN THIS… AND LEARN TO RECOGNIZE IT…GOOD AND BAD!!!