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post #1 of 8 Old 06-09-2013, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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Tilted coffin bone, never any signs of laminitis!!??

Yesterday I had my 6 year old Rocky Mountain Horse gelding checked out by a vet because I found him a great new owner.
All the tests where fine, so we decided to also have x-ray pictures taken.

On 1 front hoof the coffin bone was slightly tilted. The conclusion of the 2 vets was that he must have had a case of laminitis in the past.

I bought him as a foal from a dear friend of mine who bred him. He lived there untill 14 months. We both have never seen any signs of laminitis!

He was always trimmed by a well educated (AANHCP) and experienced barefoot trimmer. He has excellent very hard feet always a nice small white line and stonehard soles. Has never been lame or sick in his life.
He had antibiotics once for 3 days after he was castrated at 4 years old. Otherwise just vaccinations and deworming.

I live in the mountains in Austria where we ride barefoot on very stony trails and roads where most horses would get sore feet. This one never does he walks on anything.
My horses run up and down the stoney hills of their pasture too. They live outside with an open stable and don't get any grains (I just feed a vitamin supplement and sometimes after work one hand of muesli with low protein and no grains).

Is it possible that he was born with this tilted coffin bone?
Has anyone ever heard of a horse that showed no signs of laminitis but did have a tilted coffin bone?
Could something other then laminitis cause a tilted coffin bone?

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This is him by the way, yesterday at the vets place.
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I'm curious about this too because my BO's pony was said to have foundered by the farrier (which isn't very good so I am skeptical). He is in a decent weight and has never been off or unsound.
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Because AANHCP (and a slew of traditional farriers too) doesnt deal with toe flare properly or aggressively and refuses to allow a trimmer to do what is needed to correct an individual horse and make progress is my guess. Cant tell you much more without seeing the pictures. This horse may not have had full blown laminitus but rather subclinical and toe flare that hasnt been properly dealt with. Find an ELPO farrier.

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We have had several come in my work that we xray for pre purchase exams, and have the same thing. A small amount of rotation sometimes will not cause any signs. Other times, there are some who come in with some occasional slight lameness off and on. After doing x rays we find a slight rotation. It may or may not continue to get worse over the years, and sometimes corrective shoeing will help.
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It could be related to the horse's confirmation.

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My one mare has slightly tilted coffin bones in her front feet,but it is due to what Trinity talked about;her feet had never been trimmed properly before I got her.
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He has never had long toes. I know there are several AANHCP trimmers that leave the toes too long, but I fired my first barefoot trimmer who refused to keep the toes short.
I have a regular farier now that we live in the mountains in Austria. This man has been a farrier for over 40 years. Not much other choice here we are pretty secluded, but I know my horses feet very well and he does what I request.

This horse doesn't really need much trimming, we ride extremely rocky trails barefoot. Just keep the toe short and make sure there are no flares anywhere.
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