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[question name="Mari" location="via e-mail"]My horse has been wearing therapeutic shoes long term but has started to have soundness issues after two years of going well. Is there any point or situation you'd recommend going "back to basics" with a straight shoe or barefoot to evaluate and pinpoint the issue's root cause?[/question]

[answer]Yes, this is often the case. Therapeutic shoes can outlive their usefulness. The shoeing prescription needs to be re-evaluated intermittently. Therapeutic shoeing changes the way the foot loads, and can eventually overload other areas of the foot and cause lameness.[/answer]