Severe club foot
Just after some opinions on wether this is worth me fighting for.
I work on a remote cattle station. We breed our own workhorses. The foals are left running with their mums in a huge paddock and not handled until weaning. Not the way I personally would do it, but not my horses.
There are no vets willing to do large animals anywhere near, and the only vet we can fly in is not in the good books as after his last visit a colt died, it may or may not have been related to the use of drugs. So vet intervention is not an option.
Farrierry is all done by us in house. We have a master farrier we can consult with and the manager and head stockman are both good at it, but not master farriers.
There is one filly, about 5 months old now, who has severe club feet on both fronts. One is worse than the other. On the worst foot the toe is actually back behind the coronary band. She was very lame when she was younger but isn't as lame as she's getting older. The heels of the worst foot don't touch the ground and the frog is growing down to try and reach the ground.
The boss is fairly resigned to having to euthanize her as the feet are too severe. This would be done humanely and obviously isn't the worst choice out there.
However I really like this filly, have ridden her nieces and full siblings who are really good work horses.
Wild it be worth me taking her on and seeing if small amounts of trimming frequently, even daily, could help turn her around?
Does anybody think it's possible to get her back to being sound enough for moderate work without surgical/veterinary intervention?
I would just hate for such a lovely young horse to go to waste if I could have done something to help her out.
*photos forthcoming as soon as I find a stupid app to resize them so I can actually upload them on my iPad!*