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    08-10-2013, 10:31 PM
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New Issue, cross stepping

Just recently Brandon, my 19 year old arab, has started to cross step in front at the walk and trot.

I asked my farrier about and he said he was 'lazy and not paying attention'...but honestly I have had him working pretty well lately. It is even ascending and descending hills, etc, on the trail, not just plodding around.

He is shod and padded in front. I have no idea what is causing this...very weird.
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    08-10-2013, 11:46 PM
Take a look and see if his heels are even.
    08-11-2013, 11:54 AM
Show us the feet. Can't tell you anything without seeing what the horse has on his feet and the trim. Id say, if this is not normal for this horse, the horse is avoiding discomfort somewhere.
    08-11-2013, 12:19 PM
Green Broke
I will grab some photos today. I am also having a second opinion by another farrier this afternoon.
    08-11-2013, 09:11 PM
Green Broke
Second opinion farrier said that his angles were all different, and his heels were way too low.

I didn't get a chance to take after photos, but here are the best 'before' ones I could get.
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    08-12-2013, 09:17 PM
My shod arab tightrope walks in front when his (1) toes are long (heels start to run under) and (2) his inside hoof grows faster/wears slower than the outside, causing one of his legs to appear a little pigeon-toed. He has two very different front feet. I am constantly searching for a farrier who can help me with this problem... I have a horse who walks straight after a trim, and 4 weeks later returns to the tightrope walking. Is this at all similar to your issue?
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    08-12-2013, 09:20 PM
Boy he sure put the nails low. I have never seen a horses shoes look like that. Probably not causing what you are describing but I would be concerned with the nails being so low and not much hoof holding that shoe on.
    08-12-2013, 09:29 PM
There are some major wrong things with these hooves and the angles. The shoes look to small,
it looks like there are swollen pastern joints and ligaments. The one pic makes it look like a club foot or a horse with severe navicular . I would get a different farrier.
    08-12-2013, 09:40 PM
One of my horses cross steps going down hills and going up hills always has.

You have issues with those feet that's for sure toes look pretty long. Like stevenson said joints look swollen. That's why I took up doing my own horses tired of paying for crap work!!
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    08-12-2013, 10:53 PM
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He was also bruised near the coronet band from cross firing when tightrope walking. He actually wasn't swollen, I think the shadows/angles of the black just looked weird.

He is still cross stepping a little, but not as severely. The new farrier took a lot of toe off and put shoes that actually fit on...he said he didn't like to say bad things about other farriers, but he thought it was one of the worst trim/shoeing jobs he's ever seen.

Today he was moving a lot better.

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