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post #1 of 16 Old 01-17-2013, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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Small Feet = Lameness Issues?

I am looking at a possible horse to buy and she has small feet (posted in Critique section under Paint Mare). Do any of you have horses with smaller feet and, if so, do you experience more problems because of it? Anything you do differently to keep them sound? I like this mare otherwise, and am considering taking another look at her, but the feet are kind of concerning to me. I would be using her for English pleasure, no jumping or high level competitions.
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If its concerning you it might be a red flag warning think id pass her up and find one with better feet.
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I think the chances of having issues is greater when a muscular/heavy framed built horse (such as a QH or horse w/ that type of frame)... lives on teeny tiny little feet...

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Small feet, ..... sorry my mind went somewhere else, lol.

Small footed/hoofed horse I had seemed to never be right, lame wise. Lady that has him now is still working on that.
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This is my old QH Lucky, that I had til he was 32. He was 14.1 on a long day, had triple ott feet and wore a size 84" blanket. Tipped the scales at 1400 lbs in his heyday. Never had an unsound day in his life. He had arthritis as an old man, but never a single foot problem. He was a hunter over fences for many years and his last 12? Or so, he hauled me on parades, on trails, you name it, we did it.

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For the type of riding you plan on doing it shouldn't be an issue. It was popular one time to breed big stout bull-dog type qh with size 0 hooves, not enough hoof for what they were trying to support. This was mainly halter and pleasure horses.
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The size I wouldn't worry too much about. The high heels yes. I wouldn't go without x rays of her front feet...prime candidate for navicular.
I hope her loss of weight is reflected in the price....I'd take 500 off for that, provided the x rays and the HYPP test come back negative...
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I posted on the critique also, just got a message that the owner is not doing HYPP test as they are certain with record of dam and sire that she would be negative. I would feel better with the test. I think I will check a few other prospects before I decide to pursue this one. I would definitely have her vetted, have x-rays and do the HYPP test if necessary before deciding to purchase.
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I posted on the critique also, just got a message that the owner is not doing HYPP test as they are certain with record of dam and sire that she would be negative. I would feel better with the test. I think I will check a few other prospects before I decide to pursue this one. I would definitely have her vetted, have x-rays and do the HYPP test if necessary before deciding to purchase.
Very good idea your doing things the right way. Best of luck at finding a good horse.
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I used to have an OTTB with extremely small feet! He also had a bowed tendon, and I used him for jumping. I only had him jumping 3' but I never had a problem with his feet or legs. He was shod all the time because of where I had him staying was a rocky area.
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