Comparison Sketches

9_trad_vs_bf_1triangle_foot_sz"Triangle foot" as worn by wild horses

-- short heels (comfortable)

-- coffin bone is "ground-parallel" (level)

-- pastern is sloped for good shock absorption


9_trad_vs_bf_2_box_foot_sz

"Box foot" trim used by many farriers

-- long heels (painful)

-- coffin bone is not "ground-parallel"

-- pastern is upright, loss of shock absorption



9_trad_vs_bf_3_normalsole_sz

Bottom view of a "triangle foot"

-- frog and heels are wide

-- bulbs are wide apart 

-- heels meet the corners of the frog

-- bars are straight, making a strong heel structure



9_trad_vs_bf_4_contractedsole_szBottom view of a "box foot"

-- frog and heels are contracted

-- bulbs and frog are creased together

-- heels are forward from the corners of the frog

-- bars are squeezed into a curve

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