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It all comes down to turning the toe into the soil for traction. They will naturally do that, but if the toe is shorter, they can set the angle of their feet easier, and I have found it to make a big difference in the horse’s confidence.
I was shown to bring the front of the shoe back to the white line. The angle at the bottom of the foot is how the angle of the pastern is controlled, but blunting the toe will not affect that, it just won’t run all the way to the tip of the toe.
In the pic below, you can see one of the off horse’s hind feet is tipped right over so that the sole of her foot is perpendicular to the angle she is pushing….. that’s the basic idea… not that a longer toe won’t let that happen, just that with the shorter toe it is easier for them.