This H-bar shoe is on a horse with chronic founder, and it was only after attempting several other, more conventional, shoes that we realized this would be the answer to all the issues this horse was having. He couldn't handle a traditional heart bar AT ALL. He also didn't see to like the pressure on his frog that a heart bar with the toe cut out provides. A regular shoe backwards, still providing the toe relief, still seemed not quite right. We then cut out the heel, and essentially just had the bars on either side of the hoof wall, to keep him off the ground, and filled in the middle with Equi-pak. That was close, but we still felt like the constant contact of the packing was bothering him. Voila! The bar across the middle here helps stabilize the hoof a little, but it does not contact the hoof itself. We finally have a happy horse!