Hoof Balance is very important, it's the most important aspect of shoeing. It's no use having a nice shoe and a good looking foot if it's not balanced. Much of my work that I do with vets and farriers is rebalancing horses feet and sometimes x-rays are needed to confirm balance.

Occasionally it's not just a matter of trimming down of one side of the foot to balance a horse, it may need medial or lateral extensions to keep the foot landing level to the ground, to keep the load even through its foot.

Some horses conformation is 'toes in' or 'toes out' and I wouldn't try to straighten feet on an older horse. Just to make sure the foot is landing level on the ground.

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For comparison:

The old shoe is placed on top of the new shoe,

demonstrating just how short the old shoe was.