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    02-11-2013, 05:46 PM
Cow hocked and club footed

I recently took in a filly who wasn't being cared for she's 2 yrs old and she's cow hocked and in the front hooves she's clubbed my farrier said he could help her but her clubbed feet worry him. The previous owners trimmed her feet themselves and had NO idea what they were doing they said calling a certified farrier out was unnecessary. She walks and runs just fine she jumps and plays out in the pasture just fine no limp or signs of pain. She's not cow hocked by birth but because of lack of hoof care. So my question is what if the farrier can't help her has any one had a horse who was like this that could live a good quality of life? What are yalls comments/opinions on her? I've never had a clubbed foot cow hocked horse before and I'm fine with her just being a pasture mate if that's what it came down to.

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    02-11-2013, 05:54 PM
I can't see the degree of the clubbing on her front feet but just from the front, they don't look terrible.

As far as that goes, and the cow-hocks as well, providing that you continue to give her good hoof care to keep her balanced, then I see no reason why she couldn't be ridden and live a full life as a riding partner. I really wouldn't worry much about the cow-hocks, but if you are concerned about the front hooves, you might have some x-rays done to see what the inner mechanics look like. If you've got a good farrier, you should be able to show them the x-rays so that they can make sure and balance those hooves as perfect as possible.

IMHO, as long as she doesn't show signs of lameness or soreness, then I would ride her.
    02-11-2013, 05:57 PM
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Poor girl. My almost 10 month old colt looks older than she does. How do you know her cow hocks aren't from birth? I would think that with proper nutrition and care, she could fill out more and some things may shift around. She is still growing as well. Horses grow funky. Trust me, my colt looks like a giraffe in the front and his butt is having a growing contest with his withers and winning. I think some TLC and proper hoof care MAY help her. If not, then she may still be rideable. It's something that you just have to wait and see about.
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    02-11-2013, 05:58 PM
Cow hocks are not usually ...oppps double post
    02-11-2013, 06:01 PM
Cow hocks are not usually a big deal for the average horse. Also, as a 2 yo filly that looks a bit thin made still, she may yet develop out of some of that as she fills out which will straighten her up a bit yet.

We need better pictures. The big thing is balance in the back feet. Don't try to correct anything, but balance her feet to the live sole and this bony column and turn her out so she is loving around alot.

If the fronts are truly clubbed, she needs a farrier who recognizes this and will trim accordingly. Show us pictures. Some club appearances are just trimming problems that go away with time. True clubs need to be dealt with properly and not allowed to run away or try to be "corrected" with trimming.
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    02-11-2013, 06:31 PM
Her clubbed feet aren't sever I didn't even notice it till the farrier said something about it he's fresh out of school and I'm pretty sure our barn is his only clients he has. Here are some more pictures. I just wanted a second opinion because I hardly notice it but maybe I'm missing something?
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    02-11-2013, 07:09 PM
The right definitely looks like a mild club, but I'm not entirely certain that the appearance of the left isn't just due to crappy hoof care. Part of what makes the left looks clubbed is that her pasterns are pretty long and, in the picture where she's parked out especially, it drops quite a bit, giving her a bit of a coon-footed look.

Is she a gaited breed? That stance looks kindof "walker-ish" to me.
    02-11-2013, 07:14 PM
Shes a registered Arabian
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    02-11-2013, 07:32 PM
LOL, that was my next guess. In my very limited experience, it's not uncommon for Arabs to be cow hocked when they are young, some of them pretty severely. I rode a little Arab that was just a cow hocked as your girl (his cow hocks were worse, but her toes point out farther) and he rode just fine. Never any lameness or issues with him.

Give her some time to mature and grow, keep those feet balanced, and you might be surprised at how she looks in a year.
    02-11-2013, 07:35 PM
I saw a 2 year old Arabian cross at the auction this past weekend and she "seemed" at least a lot bigger than your girl. Is that normal for Arabians, or is nutrition part of the "wasn't being cared for"?

On that note, I'm sure there are much more poorly conformed horses that are riding sound, but I'm no expert. ;)

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