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        08-10-2013, 08:37 PM
    Green Broke
    Opinions on these hooves?

    So I am just looking for opinions. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

    To me, it looks like he could have foundered but maybe it's the rings playing tricks with me.

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        08-10-2013, 08:47 PM
    Green Broke
    Long toe, under run heel. They don't look laminitic to me, but that doesn't mean anything. The heels may not be underrun, I just can't see with the shadows. If they aren't, He needs a bit more heel. That toe really needs to be backed up, though as the hooves are too run forward. That'll lead to coffin bone rotation and stress on the tendons in the leg. All an easy fix if you keep on top of it. The new hoof growth is growing in correctly.
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        08-10-2013, 08:52 PM
    Green Broke
    This is the haffie that I just got on a lease to own and lets just say his hooves weren't done in forever until Friday when I had them done

    I couldn't tell if it was the heat ring in the LF making me think he could have foundered or what. It seems like there is a small divet in the middle of his hoof that looks similar to my guy who has a couple degrees of rotation. Then again, I know next to nothing.
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        08-10-2013, 10:52 PM
    It may look better to you if trimmed nicely. The rings in a founder will become tighter in the front and spacier at the heel. It looks like your rings are evenly spaced. Hoof rings can mean any change at all in feed, environment, etc. A founder ring would look more like it was folding.

    Does he stand with his front feet out in front of him? Is he sore or lame? He could have had a bout of laminitis, but I wouldn't know.
        08-11-2013, 08:27 AM
    Green Broke
    He parks out but I had a whole nother thread about that. I think he was parking out randomly because he needed his sheath done bad. I cleaned it yesterday and he had a bean the size of a quarter.

    But anyway, I've only had him for a week. He hasn't been lame, no abnormal heat on his hooves, no digital pulse, etc.

    I just got him last week. We've had a rocky start (he coliced the day after he got here) and not to mention he has thrush and his feet hasn't been done in awhile I just had them done on Friday.
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        08-11-2013, 08:56 AM
    My vet told me the only way to know for sure about founder is get an x-ray. Also rings in hooves can indicate when a change in his diet took place. When I got my gelding he was on a crappy diet, I changed his diet and a couple months later noticed a bump/ring in his hoof my farrier said it was an indication of change of diet change.
        08-11-2013, 09:03 AM
    Green Broke
    I know the rings are caused my stress, diet change, etc.

    I posted a few pictures of my geldings feet on here awhile ago and alot of people told me it looks like he had foundered in his LF. So, I had the vet out to do X-rays and sure enough, he did.

    That being said, I'm not looking for a definite answer, just opinions. :)
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        08-11-2013, 10:50 AM
    You didnt show us the sole.

    From what I see, I don't think founder. Just a very distorted toe. The wall is trying to grow in at the right angle at the top. The foot should be mapped and trimmed with ELPO guidelines. This is the kind of foot that hoof mapping shines on fixing. Just a few trims many times will have it mostly fixed if the diet is good and the hoof is growing well.
        08-11-2013, 11:03 AM
    Green Broke
    I will get pics of the sole later when I go. I wish I had before pics of his feet. The bars were so over grown and they were awful looking. Poor dude.
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        08-11-2013, 05:43 PM
    Green Broke
    Here are pics of his sole. He's not the greatest candidate at standing still.



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