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    09-06-2013, 12:44 AM
It depends on many factors what your farrier should do. Maybe with a nice side view we could tell more. A wedge pad may be an option to help the "pancake" hoof abit. The clubbed hoof however may never come down to where you want it. If she goes sound then don't fix what isn't broken, - the new growth looks like its even worse for angle than the old though.
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    09-06-2013, 01:10 AM
Originally Posted by horsehoofcare    
It depends on many factors what your farrier should do. Maybe with a nice side view we could tell more. A wedge pad may be an option to help the "pancake" hoof abit. The clubbed hoof however may never come down to where you want it. If she goes sound then don't fix what isn't broken, - the new growth looks like its even worse for angle than the old though.

Horsehoofcare.. I will get some better shots on concrete tomorrow. As far as the clubbed foot.. Every time my farrier comes she cuts the heel down and the angle begins to look much more correct and aligned with her pastern. By about the 4th week the heel sprouts back up and the angle gets all wonky again. As I mentioned in my last post I'm not as concerned with changing the club foot as she has always been sound in the 2 years I have had her *knocks wood*. I'm simply looking to correct the underrun heel and try to get her better balanced
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    09-06-2013, 01:12 AM
Eventually when I have some extra money I would like to get X-rays of her front feet just to know what's going on inside of that clubbed foot
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    09-06-2013, 10:23 PM
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You shouldn't be changing the angles on a club foot anyways. It's just how she was made/raised. Trying to change the angles on the club to be a normal hoof is just going to stress her tendons out big time. If she's sound, don't touch it. Her other fore, on the other hand, definitely needs to be addressed. Why would "nothing" come of the farrier shortening the toe? I would definitely be finding a new farrier if they don't see the point in shortening a flared toe and bringing the heels back. Doing so will raise that hoof up to where it should be and balance out her front end a lot better.

Her club shouldn't impact her soundness. She may get shoulder soreness though from being constantly uneven. Have you noticed anything like that? I would also get her feet done asap instead of waiting the three weeks, by a different farrier if you can find one. Is there any way you can post pictures of her soles?
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    09-06-2013, 11:20 PM
Her right foot has ubber long toe and underslung heel. No shoe will fix the balance on that -- the hoof needs to be properly trimmed. "It wouldn't make a difference to shorten the toe" ???? I would fire that farrier in a heartbeat.

Club foot -- I know next to nothing about club feet, but I would be inclined to follow the normal growth. Which means that the toe again is too long. I don't know about the heel on that. Hopefully one of the great hoof-people will come on board and chime in for you.
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    09-07-2013, 12:27 AM
Thanks for the replies guys. I wasn't able to get more pics today but I will for sure tomorrow morning.

I'm definitely not tryin to "change" her clubbed foot. Cutting the heel down is what has always been done over the last two years. I've been trusting my farriers to know what to do as I have mentioned I am certainly no expert. *knock wood* it has never caused her an issue and in fact she always seems more comfortable after it is lowered. When the heel gets very high she starts "stepping up". Nothing dramatic but knowing her stride it is noticeable to me.

As I mentioned my biggest concern is her pancaked foot and getting that corrected.

Kayella - I have never noticed any soreness in her shoulder. I will get more pics tomorrow morning and will include shots of her soles.

I have already started looking for a new farrier and trying to get some recommendations. Unfortunately I cannot use the one that most people at my barn use as he charged $200+ for a full set and I simply can't afford to do that. I used to have just two shoes on her but because the place I board is so rocky her hind feet were getting all chewed up and she was beginning to have hardly and foot left.
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    09-07-2013, 03:49 PM
Okay, I was able to get some more pictures today. They aren't great but hopefully they will do the job.


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Front Right




Front Left




Hind Right





Hind Left




Shoulders (I know they aren't great)



Right Side


Left Side

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