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post #1 of 11 Old 07-05-2012, 05:50 AM Thread Starter
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pigeon toed?

my horse is pigeon toed, doesnt cause her any problems but my last farrier use to shoe her to help her with her feet so she could move better and had better balance, does anyone know how they achieve this?
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I think they just trim the hoof so it puts the hoof in as natural position as possible. They also wear the hoof unevenly so perhaps the farrier positioned the shoe differently.
He might have positioned the shoe differently too to help with weight, adding more/less weight so that the leg could swing more naturally.
It really depends on the farrier.
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I think they just trim the hoof so it puts the hoof in as natural position as possible. They also wear the hoof unevenly so perhaps the farrier positioned the shoe differently.
He might have positioned the shoe differently too to help with weight, adding more/less weight so that the leg could swing more naturally.
It really depends on the farrier.

yeah i think thats what would be the best idea, i was just wondering thats all :) ive had a different farrier since due to the rest of the livery changing and wanted to ask him to do the same to see which farrier is better- thanks:)
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There's much more to pigeon-toed horses than I'm willing to type, but the main thing you DON"T want to do is trim the feet unlevel to get the desired result
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i was wondering if it would put pressure on the leg if you cut it unevenly, i think i need to do a bit more research in to the topic
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Of course it can put undue pressure on foot & leg joints if hooves are trimmed in an imbalanced way, regardless of the reason. Generally IME 'corrective' trimming/shoeing of pigeon toes either does this, or it's just cosmetic trickery, positioning shoes to make it appear the limbs/hooves are straighter. While you can trim in a manner that reduces likelihood of interference, you can't actually change the way they go without damage IMO.
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so really it was probably a good idea to change farriers lmao
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its so confusing when you get people telling you otherwise!
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-10-2012, 08:52 PM
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Yes, if you just rely on advice blindly - whether that be 'expert' or otherwise, you'll be mighty confused, because there are a range of different opinions out there. That's why I think it's important for people to learn about at least the basic principles & function for themselves, so they can make more informed decisions about the advice they get.... or at least better understand what questions to ask about it!
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