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    05-01-2009, 06:38 AM
poor hoof conformation

Hello all,

Today I looked at a horse to buy and although he is very nice, sweet and gentle he has very poorly conformed hooves. His front hooves turn in and his back hooves turn out. Can someone please explain what the long term effects of this would.
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    05-01-2009, 07:38 AM
If they are severe this means the leg bone from the knee to the hoof is crooked.

Long term effects could be:

Early onset arthritis

Really depends on the severity and what kind of work is intended for the horse.
    05-01-2009, 08:30 AM
Are you sure these are hoofs defects and not just a bad trim for while? My horse is(?) toed in on front and has weird back hoofs. Used to be very clumsy all the time. After I switched farrier 6 months back her back hoofs actually improved, front don't look toed in, and she's not tripping like she did.
    05-01-2009, 10:49 AM
I have a mare that toes in. Corrective shoeing has helped but not totally. We can really only ride her at a walk. Any faster and she starts to limp after a while. She is fine with no one on her back though.
    05-01-2009, 11:23 AM
It depends how extreme it is really.
My horse's feet are slightly turned in,
I can still do everything like normal.

Check with a vet/farrier maybe?
    05-01-2009, 03:49 PM
I agree.. Have a vet or farrier take a look at it.
    05-01-2009, 04:33 PM
Do you have photos? (Just wondering how severe it is)

Like someone mentioned, depending on the severity corrective shoeing and trimming can help.
    05-01-2009, 07:03 PM
I don't have my camera with me at the moment. The legs look straight from the knee to the fetlock but from there they twist inwards, the hind offside hoof I think is crooked all the way from the hock down and toes out a lot (45 degree angle, the near hind just toes out just a little. My instructor and her husband (a farrier) looked at the photos and think he would only be useful for trail/pleasure riding which is not what I'm looking for. I don't think his feet would be up 3-4 workouts each week plus a long trail ride here and there. Looking at another horse tomorrow. Hope I have better luck

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