It is my understanding that a horse landing with its front feet heel first is a sign of healthy hooves. However, I was out looking at Skipper's feet the other day studying his gait, and while his hooves are absolutely horrible (I am going to trim them up within the next couple of days here when I get the chance), I noticed he is actually landing heel first.
They are very long, chipped, flaring, unbalanced, heels are contracted and bars laid over, just at a glance. But he is still landing heel first. What does this mean? Obviously the hooves are not healthy. I would assume, by looking at them, that there is some amount of pain involved, and at times he does move somewhat stiffly, but at the same time, he can canter up a gravel road without hesitation, and walk over rocks without taking a single bad step.
I'm just a bit confused. I do have pictures to post later. Like I said, they are pretty bad, but somehow he seems to get around just fine, seemingly without pain. I have this feeling though that once I get him all trimmed, he's going to be running and bucking around like a brand new horse.
If someone could maybe shed some light on this though, that would be great. o_o
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Last edited by Ne0n Zero; 08-08-2013 at 02:29 PM.