Originally Posted by loosie
Sure I've asked this question before, but what gives you the idea it's a 'congenital defect' that caused this horse's 'clubby' feet Mark?
Whether genetic, congenital or acquired, management in a mature horse will still be dependent upon severity of condition rather than aetiology.
If congenital (in-utero causation), there is often evidence of genetic influence.
Acquired aetiology is, in my opinion and experience, a less common probability and is still likely to have a DNA component.
The salient point being that regardless aetiology, no one is going to just trim, exercise or feed this horse into having a conformationally correct hoof capsule. Physics is a cruel taskmaster and management requires an understanding of the rules.
Perhaps you have a lot more info than has been given here about the horse,...
Nope... only what the owner has provided, but experience and training often provide the basis for more informed pathology recognition and management protocol availability.
, or perhaps you consider every case of high heels congenital?
Nope. That would be akin to barefoot trimmers that see every instance of a growth ring as indicative of laminitis. In club footed horses, excess heel growth is a symptom, not a pathology, and wasn't really a factor in my view of this case. The defining photographic factors were the phalangeal alignment, a bulging dorsal coronary, the angle of the proximal aspect of the dorsal wall and the distortion of the wall. The abscess description was suggestive before the photos.
You see "run out toes", "stretched feet" and "possible significant rotation", all managed or mismanaged by someone you referred to as a "joker". The first two out of three are vague subjective characterizations with no definitive pathological basis with the third being an unwarranted suggestion of laminitis.
I see a grade 2, possibly grade 3, club footed horse that would benefit from the services of a full service, professional farrier. Equine Podiatry | Dr. Stephen O'Grady, veterinarians, farriers, books, articles NANRIC INC - How to Treat Club Feet