Whether genetic, congenital or acquired, management in a mature horse will still be dependent upon severity of condition rather than aetiology. ...
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.
I disagree with the above(except for the 'just' in the second comment - usually takes a more holistic approach), as it does very much depend on the cause as to the likelihood of a 'fix' IME & whether or not the underlying reason is changeable/treatable. Eg. if the horse is landing toe first due to weak heels, working to develop those heels can indeed get him using his feet properly & allow heels to come down. I think it does depend also
(not rather than
cause) on the severity and longevity of the state too of course.
Nope. That would be akin to barefoot trimmers that see every instance of a growth ring as indicative of laminitis.
Not really, because people have different definitions of laminitis, but not 'congenital defect' IMO. I was asking why you said it's congenital.
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.
Don't quite get your comments - the run out toes are quite evident in the pics, obvious in the fronts at least, being such pronounced flares. I think that adds up to your 'definitive pathological basis'. The steepness of the fronts(ignoring the flares, or 'aetiology') suggests the distal border of P3 is on a significant angle. IMO that doesn't necessarily add up to laminitis, but in this case, with the obvious & substantial flaring, it's more than a distinct possibility IME. Of course, I'm not a vet, so can't(legally at least) make an objective diagnosis, even if there was a reasonable amount of info & rads to go on. So yes, with this little info & few poor(from a critique perspective) pics, I agree that it's a bit 'vague & subjective'.
I see a grade 2, possibly grade 3, club footed horse that would benefit from the services of a full service, professional farrier.
I agree(to needing a good farrier/trimmer) but I don't think it's wise to ignore/discount factors such as diet, bodywork, protection/support, etc which may be playing significant parts in the 'conformation' of his hooves.