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    03-07-2012, 05:59 PM
  #1
Started
She has funny feets.

This is the shape of my mare's hoof. It's odd, isn't it?? My dad does our trimming (we go barefoot) and there is no farriers in the area that still do farrier work.

So, from you more knowledgeable people, what can my dad do to help her feet!? And, how do you guys trim for a horse that tends to 'toe out'?

I'm an idiot when it comes to feet. I can rasp rough edges and stop cracks, and that's about it.




I know these feet look messed ^^^ But that's just the wierd angle the picture is at.
     
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    03-07-2012, 07:22 PM
  #2
Trained
Hi,

Firstly, check out that link in my signature for tips on taking hoof pics. Pics where they're covered by sand aren't helpful & sole/heel shots would be good. If you don't have any firm, flattish ground for the horse to stand on for pics, getting him to stand on a piece of ply or such is helpful.

As far as I can tell from the pics, your horse has quite high heels & long, very flared quarters. I've drawn on & reattached on of the pics to illustrate that it appears the entire wall at the quarters looks flared to me. Of course, don't take my lines as anything like accurate, when we only have these pics to go on. I would advise your dad doesn't take much off the outer wall - to cosmetically remove the flare & thin the wall, but relieve the excess ground pressure from the ground surface & allow it to grow out. I won't comment on pastern angles & such, as that could be just the way the horse is standing, the angle of the pics, etc.

I suspect those cracks around the bottom of the hoof are likely dietary/nutritional in origin, or perhaps the horse spent a long time in a very wet environment. But as they don't appear to be present in the top half of the hoof, hopefully that prob has been resolved.
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    03-07-2012, 08:28 PM
  #3
Weanling
The photos present a great educational opportunity for forum readers.

Your horse doesn't have "funny feets"... she has a congenital defect.

While there are certainly trim changes that would benefit this horse, the real issue is more fundamental.

I'll provide a hint then take a seat in the back of the bus to see if others identify the problem. Ready? Here's your hint....

Carefully examine the relationship between the dorsal hoof wall and the coronary. Radiographs would present a slightly anterior subluxation of P2 with respect the distal interphalangeal joint in both feet, more so on the right fore.

Bonus hint for any farriers/trimmers who attended the American Farrier's Association Convention in Mobile, Alabama last week. Dr. Reddin discussed at length this same subject/problem.

Cheers,
Mark
     
    03-07-2012, 09:26 PM
  #4
Started
Quote:
Originally Posted by Horseman56    
The photos present a great educational opportunity for forum readers.

Your horse doesn't have "funny feets"... she has a congenital defect.

While there are certainly trim changes that would benefit this horse, the real issue is more fundamental.

I'll provide a hint then take a seat in the back of the bus to see if others identify the problem. Ready? Here's your hint....

Carefully examine the relationship between the dorsal hoof wall and the coronary. Radiographs would present a slightly anterior subluxation of P2 with respect the distal interphalangeal joint in both feet, more so on the right fore.

Bonus hint for any farriers/trimmers who attended the American Farrier's Association Convention in Mobile, Alabama last week. Dr. Reddin discussed at length this same subject/problem.

Cheers,
Mark
I'm not a farrier or trimmer but does this horse have a bit of a club foot?
     
    03-07-2012, 09:31 PM
  #5
Trained
Right front is a very mild club, yes?
     
    03-07-2012, 10:08 PM
  #6
Foal
Sidebone fed by uncleared quarters and excessive bar. The bar could be pooling, bridging, imbedded, ramps fallen over, suffocating the sole outward and forward to the apex and threatening to fold this hoof in half at the center, heel to toe. The toe has arrived, now the back of the foot needs to be addressed.
     
    03-07-2012, 10:21 PM
  #7
Trained
In the second pic, the growth rings can be seen to curve downward to the back. Is this because the heels are too high and forward? It also looks to me like there is just too much hoof there. I'm guessing here, because as was previously mentioned, the pics are very poor for assessing hoof status. Please do check out Loosie's links. I agree that the flaring needs to be addressed as well.

As for Mark's comments -- I have no clue :), but I do think that the second pic shows an odd conformation of the right pastern. I have NO experience with club foot, but is this it? Or is it off because the hoof trim is off?
     
    03-07-2012, 11:06 PM
  #8
Started
Okay... so.... all of this means what exactly?

Here's another pic I found.
     
    03-07-2012, 11:12 PM
  #9
Trained
Well there's something I've never seen before. There is some serious flare that needs to be addressed on the sides. (quarters?) I've never seen a long term barefoot hoof where the heels are still contracted. Are the flares preventing the heels from spreading out?
     
    03-07-2012, 11:16 PM
  #10
Started
Those pics are (if I remember correctly) soon before I got my dad to trim her. He trims and rasps down the flares, but if you don't keep on them (Every 2-3 weeks), they flare right back out again like pictured. She's been barefoot all her life. She's coming 4 years old.
     

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