The horse's natural breakover is meant to occur over a short toe to remove leveraging forces from the toe wall, lamina and even the bars/heels.  It also relieves strain on the tendons and ligaments of the horse's leg, moves the bony column back under the horse and stabilizes the navicular bone.  Studies done at the University of Colorado show that short breakover actually LENGTHENS a horse's stride.  All of this allows for a soft floaty and easy stride that can go soundly for miles ...

Long toes have a forward-leveraging affect on the entire hoof, which causes an elongated breakover point, curved bars, strained joints and underrun heels.

 

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