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    06-23-2012, 04:20 AM
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Foal
What should I do about a clubed foot?

My horse has a club foot and my farrier is the type to do what you ask him to do, but not give you advice. I know I want to get shoes on my horse, at least. I am just not sure if I should put pads on him as well. I am going to insert a link to pictures of his feet. They are only of his front feet because his back feet are fine. The pictures are recent and it was about 9 weeks since his last trim and the farrier is coming out again in a couple of days. Please help.

http://www.horseforum.com/members/34...n-s-feet-4420/
     
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    06-23-2012, 09:52 AM
  #2
Foal
Bumping up.
     
    06-23-2012, 09:57 AM
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Green Broke
Sorry, no advice. IMO, I would get a new farrier. He's the professional, he should be the one telling you what needs to be done to the horse.
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    06-23-2012, 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by flytobecat    
Sorry, no advice. IMO, I would get a new farrier. He's the professional, he should be the one telling you what needs to be done to the horse.
Thanks. I am going to give him one more chance and then find another farrier if I don't like the results.

Anyone else have another opinion?
     
    06-23-2012, 12:51 PM
  #5
Green Broke
My two pieces of advice are:
1. Find a new farrier. I question his abilities that he's unwilling to give advice on how to properly shoe a horse with problems. It makes me think that his education and experience are lacking and that he doesn't offer advice because he simply doesn't know what to do.

2. Follow a professional's advice who has seen your horse in person over the advice over the internet from pictures.
     
    06-23-2012, 08:00 PM
  #6
Green Broke
A good farrier or trimmer will tell you the best thing for a horse with a club hoof is to trim him to keep him comfortable - trim according to what the hoof is asking for, NOT what someone thinks should be done to "correct" the horse.

There is no such thing as correcting a club hoof - as long as they are frequently trimmed (4 - 6 weeks, depending on growth rate), the hoof will be fine.

My 18 yr old TWH has a genetic less than grade one club hoof. He's been with me since he was 2-1/2 and has only worn shoes 5% of that time. He is fortunate to have hooves like goat and has been trail-ridden in some places my other TWH's could not go barefoot.

The few times I did have shoes on him, he wore the standard rim shoes with borium head nails, just like my other horses. Nothing special about the shoes -- just the proper size and properly formed for his hooves.

His running walk has always been nothing but champagne-smooth.

He's never been lame or sore but thrush has always been an on-going issue for him, especially in the club hoof because a club hoof isn't real good at self-cleaning.

Lastly, no matter where I've lived in this United States, I've had farriers or trimmers that recognized "trimming him to keep him comfortable" was the proper way to trim him.

There is a certain amount of math and physics that goes into balancing a horse like this. If your current farrier isn't comfortable with all that, please find someone that is before your horse ends up lame; something there is no need for, just because of a club hoof
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    06-23-2012, 09:50 PM
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Trained
I would also be a bit leery of a farrier asking the client how to address the club foot, but if you like him, no harm letting him do a few shoeings to see how it goes. I will say, since a club naturally comes with a higher heel, just be sure that whatever shoe option is done, make sure that frog still comes in contact with the ground during the loading phase. Club feet already come with narrower feet and heels that want to contract. No sense exacerbating it with decreased movement in the back of the foot. Definitely put a shoe on that allows room for expansion.
     
    06-24-2012, 12:07 AM
  #8
Trained
Agree with above & Walkin(as usual) but for the 'there is no such thing as correcting a club'. I do believe it is *generally* a case of managing what you've got, but depends on the cause & on other treatment(eg. Bodywork that could resolve the issue that caused it), whether it can/should be 'corrected'. I still believe in working with the foot you've got & if/when it is appropriate to 'correct', the foot will let you know.

I am guessing you're a horse owner with only the usual amount of knowledge about horse's hooves OP? Therefore if your current farrier is willing to just do what you tell him & doesn't even bother to explain stuff, then I suspect(not assuming, there may be more to it) he's either uncaring, &/or perhaps also ignorant of the whys & wherefores himself.
     
    06-24-2012, 12:11 AM
  #9
Trained
Oh BTW OP, from what can be seen in those pics(check out my signature link for instruction on better), it looks like both feet are rather 'clubby'.
     
    06-24-2012, 03:00 AM
  #10
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by loosie    
Oh BTW OP, from what can be seen in those pics(check out my signature link for instruction on better), it looks like both feet are rather 'clubby'.
I was thinking that the non-club foot looked pretty upright. Is it possible to have two club feet, or is something else causing the foot to be so upright?
     

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