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    05-16-2012, 08:22 AM
horse for sale with club hoof

Ok I'm looking at this horse for sale. Quiet beginners horse, lovely, sounds quiet nice, seen some footage it looks quiet and slow which is what I want.
One problem.
He's got club hoof. My friend said that her horse has it and doesnt effect him at all and this lady whos selling this guy said this email to me. I am looking for a nice steady horse du to the fact I have a green 6 year old atm so a nice steady calm horse is what im looking to buy. This guy is only but this is what she said about the club foot:

. He does prefer to canter straight though and with the circles he goes better one way than the other, I think it's because of his club foot but don't really know. He is sound on it though, he was shod when I got him 2 years ago and not long after I done a barefoot trimming workshop with the Barefoot Blacksmith from Vic, and since then he's been barefoot. The only issue is he'll need a good farrier / trimmer. If he is trimmed flat and too short he will go lame, like any horse though!!
Boots would work wonders on any rocky stuff!!
He can be ridden bareback & in halter, no issues there. Throw my kids 7yrs & 9yrs on him barback double dinking and lead him down the road to his paddock and he's fine. Have taken him swimming in dam and at the beach no worries. Mind you we have no surf here so nothing too scarry for him. Walked over pededstrain bridge to get to the beach and no worries.
There is no doubt you could do anything with him because the horse is only as good as the rider I believe but the reason why I say he's more suited for trail riding is because I don't know how his foot would hold up to too

So whats your opinions on club hoof. I know nothing about it so am off to do some research. Any information, advice would be great
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    05-16-2012, 08:40 AM

How bad is the club? Even with a mild club it will get worse due to the uneven balance. The good foot will eventually lose heel from baring more weight. To me, it is definitely a negative fault.
    05-16-2012, 08:55 AM
She said she'll send me a photo in the morning due to not having one.

Heres some photos of the horse but you can't see his feet too well
    05-16-2012, 09:59 AM
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I think he's cute. There is a horse here locally that shows in the novice youth classes that is unbeatable. I always said if it went for sale that I would by it but my trainer hated the horse and always brought up the club foot. When the horse finally did go up for sale it was out of my price range. I haven't seen that horse have an off day and it is always in the ribbons, generally in the blues. I don't know the severity of the club foot though.

I just googled her to see if there was info on her and I found tons of youtube videos. Apparently she went to youth world.

    05-16-2012, 10:04 AM
Wow gorgeous! This horse that im looking at did led in sydney I think. I will def get a vet check and I've seen videos of him being ridden and I swear my eyes popped out. So honestly i'm really hoping its not too bad. I'll be getting a vet check and experience horse person to come with me as well so they'll tell me out flat what they think. If all goes right we will see if we can go take a look on the weekend at him :)
    05-16-2012, 01:12 PM
I have a 4 yr old tb mare that has a mild club foot. I have had her for about a year now and it has never affected her soundness (*knocks on wood*). She too had a harder time with cantering on one lead than the other, however, thanks to the advice of one of the members on here it has improved greatly! It was suggested to me that I work her a lot to the left (the lead she had trouble with) in order to strengthen the muscles on that side. She now has no issue with her left lead and her heal has actually begun expanding (it was very contracted).

The only outstanding issue that I have noticed with the clubbed foot is she tends to lose shoes easily on it. I just recently had her shoes pulled and so far she is doing great!
    05-16-2012, 01:26 PM

This little mare had the worst club I've ever seen and she never took an off step the whole time I owned her, many many years. She was extremely agile, sure footed and could roll back like nobody's business. She was AWESOME out on the trail up in the mountains. She never wore a shoe, we always trimmed her just as she was and she never had a lame day.

With a club this bad, I'll tell you that if you ride English, picking up the right diagonal was super easy, the left not so much because she was very short strided on the right. Cantering was never really an issue for her, I'm not sure why, I'd have expected her to pick up the left lead fine and be less willing to pick up a right lead but that wasn't the case with her at all.

So, if you have a good farrier and he's everything you want otherwise, I would not hesitate to buy him.
    05-16-2012, 01:37 PM
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All the bad guys in the westerns ride a horse with a clubbed foot. I'm not sure why, I think it's a pre-requisite for being a bad guy. I know the good guys must take some class so they can recognize the prints they leave because they are always tracking the horse with the clubbed foot....
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    05-16-2012, 01:43 PM
I went back and looked at all his pics in the ad, and while I can see the club in those pics, it doesn't look too bad. Like I said, if he's otherwise what you want, I wouldn't hesitate.
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    05-16-2012, 03:10 PM
It all depends on how severe the club foot is, what you want to do with the horse, and if you have access to a good farrier with appropriate experience.

If all you want is a nice, sensible horse for your 6 year old to learn on, and you don't plan on using the horse for super strenuous activities like jumping, barrels, etc. then a mild club foot shouldn't pose a problem.

If it's anything other than a very mild club foot, be sure to have a qualified farrier (preferably the one who would be trimming/shoeing the horse in the future) do an evaluation and give you an opinion in addition to your PPE.

The seller mentions boots for rocky trails, but it can be quite hard to find boots that properly fit anything other than a "normal" hoof. Ask if she has boots that fit him now, and get the make and model for your reference.

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