The rocker-toe shoe is frequently used in conjunction with the egg bar to alleviate tension on the deep flexor tendon at the moment of breaking over. The amount of bend in the rocker-toe can be determined by looking at the wear on the old shoe or the wear on the toe of the barefoot horse.
The rocker-toe is valuable to help horses suffering from:
The rocker-toe also reduces stress on the entire limb and reduces the risk of forging or over-reaching, a common problem in young horses in training.
Originated from the American Youth Horse Council's
Horse Industry Handbook
The umbrella organization providing leadership and resources for the youth horse industry.