Originally Posted by Rachel1786
I'm not a farrier or trimmer but does this horse have a bit of a club foot?
And we have a winner!
Yes, both fronts are clubbed. They are not your typical club feet and bear more scrutiny.
The give-away is the slight bulge at the coronary just above the dorsal wall. A hoof free of pathology will have an indentation at the coronary (called the coronary groove). A club will invariably have a bulge at the dorsal aspect of the coronary, accompanying the upright wall seen in these photos.
So why are these clubbed feet somewhat unusual? Because we don't see the more common, strong and straight up heel growth indicative of the functionally shortened deep digital musculotendonous structures. Instead, this horse presents weak, medial/lateral flaring at the quarters. One can already see the stress placed on the central sulcus as the heels bulbs separate under that stress.
The bulging wall quarters suggest significant stress in this area. Sidebone is a possibility but I would want to see both lateral and d/p radiographs before speculating further.
This would be a very interesting horse to work on but is not a case wherein I'd offer protocol counsel via internet. I'd want to see this one in person before making specific recommendations.
To the owner; my comments are not meant to imply a serious pathology or mechanical failure at this point but I would recommend you ask your father to engage a professional farrier to better evaluate your horses needs. While I understand your locale may present a shortage of competent farriers, it would be worthwhile to do what you can to find some assistance. That may mean trailering your horse.