When at speed, a horse over reaches with a hind foot and contacts the skin of the pastern or heel bulb on a front limb, a wound may result. These wounds are usually mild to moderate, but can be severe.
These injuries often involve the skin of the heel bulb and usually are “U” shaped skin flaps. Horses may be “stung” for a period after sustaining one of these, showing sudden lameness that usually resolves quickly depending on the severity of the injury.
Certainly, hooves that are overgrown contribute to over reaching injury. Whether a horse has a tendency to over reach is in large part a question of conformation. Horses with relatively long hind legs and short backs tend to do this, and those that track far forward with the hind limbs.
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