Club Foot
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health > Hoof Care

Club Foot

This is a discussion on Club Foot within the Hoof Care forums, part of the Horse Health category
  • Will a mild clubfoot affect my filly?
  • Club feet in foals

Like Tree2Likes
  • 2 Post By angelica fernandes

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    07-21-2012, 03:40 PM
  #1
Foal
Club Foot

I would like to learn more about club footed horses.

Alot of great horses in history had club feet, including Dash For Cash.

I myself, own a little aqha mare with a mild club foot as my farrier would call it. But I believe it to be just fine. Her one hoof is a little bit bigger than the other. Although I also believe her foot is caused by human error.

I have read alot about it but wish to learn from people, like myself who have horses or had with club feet.

My mare is sound, sometimes ouchie on uneven up rooted trails but she wears shoes & my farrier has set her up nicely. She team pens and works cow & has always been barefoot untill now. I think its just a flare & she has a little bigger foot than the other.

But her feet were trimmed improperly for a very long time & had bad brusing on the outsides. I will hope to get pictures of her feet & hope others can share there pictures.





Things to look for to determine if your horse has a club foot:


Clue #1. The flare is at the toe, not on the sides.
Clue #2. After rasping down the outside of the hoof at the toe, use a hoof protractor to measure the angle of the hoof. An angle of more than 60 degrees indicates a possible club foot.
Clue #3. With the horse standing on a hard surface, compare the heels of the front feet. The heel on the club foot will be higher than the other foot.
Clue #4. The club foot will be narrower then the other foot and the frog will be smaller.
Clue #5. Stand the horse up square, still on the hard surface. Move to the rear, looking over the back of the horse from the tail. Check the angle of the shoulders from the point of the withers down each side. If your horse has a club foot, the normal side will be big and rounded and the club side will be sloping and weak looking.


I will hope to get a picture of her newly shod feet soon for everyone to see :)
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    07-21-2012, 08:01 PM
  #2
Trained
Hi,

'Clubbed' feet in horses basically just means high heels and is generally labled as such when it's unilateral, although horses can have both front feet 'clubbed'. Reasons for this can be farrier error or otherwise allowing heels to grow too high(many laminitic ponies for eg). It is commonly due to posture/grazing stance - horse stands with one foot more often forward & the one that's back becomes 'clubby'. It may be due to injury or heel tenderness - horse is unable or unwilling to weight that heel, so more toe wear & heels grow down. Or it can be duet to congenital or developmental conformational issues - I think rarely a true case of one leg shorter than the other, but genuinely shortened tendons possibly not so rare, especially considering DODs in performance horses grown up quicker than their tendons & muscles can adjust.

Because it's frequently a body issue, I believe it is not *generally* something that a farrier should just attempt to 'correct' with trimming, at least without serious consideration of cause & effect. Getting a bodyworker involved may treat body issues that are at the root of it.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Smokum    
My mare is sound, sometimes ouchie on uneven up rooted trails but she wears shoes & my farrier has set her up nicely. She team pens and works cow & has always been barefoot untill now. I think its just a flare & she has a little bigger foot than the other.
Without more info, I'd just advise that pads are used under her shoes, to protect her likely thin, flat toe sole, and 'frog support' wedges to give her recessed heel on that foot *comfortable* stimulation. The flare should be able to be managed with frequent trimming and keeping the toe wall relieved of undue pressure.

With regard to your attached picture, a club foot commonly looks like the middle pic, as I imagine yours does, because the extra pressure on the toe causes it to flare if not managed adequately.

Quote:
Clue #1. The flare is at the toe, not on the sides.
Clue #2. After rasping down the outside of the hoof at the toe, use a hoof protractor to measure the angle of the hoof. An angle of more than 60 degrees indicates a possible club foot.
Flaring may be at the quarters too, but more commonly just at the toe, whereas the 'low' foot of a unilateral commonly goes 'splat' right the way around. There are other reasons & problems that may cause a foot to be so steep and there are also clubbed feet that have a lower angle, because the entire dorsal wall may be nice & straight, but rotated away from P3.

Quote:
Clue #3. With the horse standing on a hard surface, compare the heels of the front feet. The heel on the club foot will be higher than the other foot.
Clue #4. The club foot will be narrower then the other foot and the frog will be smaller.
Yes to #3 if they're odd & horse hasn't got 2 equally clubbed feet. No one is perfectly symmetrical either, so it's a matter of degree and subjective as to when you may call it a 'club'. Yes to #4 generally.

Yes to #5, again if it's unilateral. Also they will stand or graze with the high foot back.
     
    07-25-2012, 02:42 AM
  #3
Foal
The issue of club foot horses has come up so often in my career as an equine massage therapist that I felt it was time to bring attention to this very common problem. So many of my clients were not aware of all the misinformation out there with regard to this condition. Many farriers and veterinarians won't even recognize the truth of what I'm going to tell you in this article and that the vast majority of "club foot" cases are correctable through equine bodywork and natural trimming efforts.
loosie and loveyourhorse like this.
     

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
hi/low or club foot story lbjason Hoof Care 3 06-15-2012 11:47 AM
Club foot thealabamaredhead Horse Health 20 06-07-2011 10:16 PM
Club Foot? armydogs Horse Health 16 03-19-2011 01:33 PM
Club Foot Piper182 Horse Training 13 06-26-2009 03:48 AM
club foot sempre_cantando Horse Health 3 06-16-2008 04:27 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:18 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0