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        09-10-2013, 09:01 PM
    He seems to be one of those horses to have a more upright FR and a more shallow FL. Also the FR seems to be a bit high on the inside. It could be caused by farrier's disease (right handed farriers tend to overtrim the outside of the FR, or a genuine "handedness" on the horse's part. It is something I would watch and try and work on. It may or may not be in the best interest of the horse to "correct" it. My horse has that exact pattern and is sore when I try and change anything. But your horse is younger.

    I would start reading about High-low syndrome:
    Institute for Equine Therapeutic Options - Kerry Ridgway, DVM

    Of course pictures can be deceiving and there is no way I can say anything for sure from those pictures. But it looks to me as there is a mild case of high-low. This is not too much to worry about, lots of horses have that issue and are totally sound. Just something to not let get worse.

    The hooves generally look much better and really quite healthy.
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        09-10-2013, 11:32 PM
    HL1, the horse was toeing out on all four, which would explain the lateral imbalance.Maybe cobra can post the video before the trim, when she posts the new one, to compare.
        09-11-2013, 05:05 AM
    That's a really nice change to see. I too noticed the imbalance & some other small things, but it could be partly the pics - can't tell well from those angles, and also, more to the point, from what the farrier started with, who are we to say whether those imbalances 'should' still be there or not Not bad looking feet at all.
        09-11-2013, 06:36 AM
    Agreed, those look so much better. I bet the poor little guy is a lot more comfortable too.

    If the cause of the lameness hasn't made itself clear in the next few days (abscess that blows out) or doesn't go away, I think I'd have a vet check him out just to make sure that there isn't something that needs done to get him more comfortable.
        09-11-2013, 10:04 AM
    The trim has certainly helped re-balance the feet - I'm a little concerned at how ribby the horse is though. Have you had a vet check as yet?
        09-11-2013, 10:36 AM
    She just got him less than 2 weeks ago....

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        09-11-2013, 10:41 AM
    Originally Posted by greentree    
    She just got him less than 2 weeks ago....


    A horse in that condition would raise concerns for me and I'd have my equine vet out ASAP.

    The first things I do with a newly-acquired or rescued horse:
    1. Worming
    2. Farrier - our farrier is also a natural horseman so he identifies any potential behavioural issues
    3. Vet check including dental

    The only exceptions are when our equine vet has passed the horse along (rescue cases) as he has generally had them in his care for months or longer before handing them over to us.
        09-11-2013, 11:02 AM
    I can assure you, EquineGirl, she is working on it! Being a young horse, I expect him to go up in height before filling out anyway. No need to coming down on her like that.
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        09-11-2013, 01:14 PM
    Thanks for all the replies. :)

    @ horselover1: given the condition of the feet before the farrier came, I think he did a good job. I will give him a few more visits before I start nit-picking too closely. Getting feet back into shape takes more than 1 trim, usually. :)

    @ loosie: they are looking much better, and I will try for better pics when I have someone here to hold the horse for me. Thanks for your input :)

    @ smrobs: I will post the link to the video I did before the farrier came. I am also going to take one here in a bit and compare. He is not majorly off, and I notice it at a walk more than any other gait. If I am still noticing it when I go to get him gelded I will have the vet check it out then. :)

    @ EquineGirl: I do appreciate your concern. He came to my place a week ago sunday (nov 1st) and he was worse than he is now. He has gained some weight already, but I do not expect or want him to gain it overnight. Slow and steady is best, imo. Also, he is a 2yo and is still growing.

    He was wormed when he arrived, and he has a vet appt scheduled in a few wks (routine checkup, coggins, and he will be gelded). He now has 24/7 access to my pastures (@ 5 acres). Also he is being fed a RB, and some feed - in addition to hay - 3x a day. Please do not assume I do not know how to care for a horse, or am neglecting him.

    @ DHW & greentree - thanks :) can't wait till he is looking like he should.

    Off to feed my horsie, and get a video.......

    Oh, here is the one I took before the farrier. I had the video camera sitting on my mailbox.....not the best video in the world.
        09-11-2013, 01:34 PM
    I know where I believe he is off at, but would rather not bias other people's opinions. The second video will be up shortly....

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