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post #1 of 34 Old 01-24-2013, 04:06 AM Thread Starter
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Would you buy these hoofs?


Well, more precisely the very nice Clydesdale attached to these hoofs.
I am no expert on hoofs, but these don't look very good to me. Can anyone help me to find out if these are real problem hoofs which will require load of care,time, commitment and the according $$ or does it look like they should be rather easily fixed.
The horse is currently sound but then she is also only standing in the paddock.
She is a 9yo mare
Thank you so much
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post #2 of 34 Old 01-24-2013, 04:28 AM
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Yes, they need tlc and a really good trim.
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post #3 of 34 Old 01-24-2013, 04:28 AM
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Trim them first and then you could be able to say if they are OK or not.

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post #4 of 34 Old 01-24-2013, 04:54 AM
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So, what does the whole package look like? You have provided 4 pictures of what seems to be 2 hooves-horses have 4, so pics of the entire situation may be in order. Looks to me like, as has been said, this horse needs a good trim and TLC, which is something ongoing anyway, so probably not horrid. The flares seen tho may be the result of crookedness of the leg (as is the case with my own ClydeX). Hard to tell from what you have given us. Horses are more than 2 feet. lol
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post #5 of 34 Old 01-24-2013, 05:30 AM
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With so little info, going just off the pics, I too would prefer to see them after a good trim first... & see how the horse moves, but I'd be willing to take a punt on them, if the rest of the package were OK, that they'd scrub up well after a few good trims.
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post #6 of 34 Old 01-24-2013, 06:30 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for your input. And I'm sorry for not having read your beautiful post about how to take good hoof pictures "Loosie" last week when I looked at the horse.
Indeed, those are only the two hind hoofs - the two front hoofs didn't look that bad so I didn't take pictures of them. Maybe I should have. The problem is that the guy who sells the horse does the trimming himself - and as you can see he is not doing the best of jobs. So if I ask him to give the hoofs a good trim before I decide to buy...hm...not sure if thats a good idea.
I like the rest of the horse - I just don't want to buy one if the hoofs will cost me more than the entire horse afterwards.
I've attached pictures that show more of the horse - they are taken out of a video I took while I was there (yes, she is overweight). My apologies for not having the best of quality. Also sorry for the cropped pictures - but it's not my horse (yet?) so I don't feel comfortable putting much online of her.
Thank you all ever so much for your opinions
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post #7 of 34 Old 01-24-2013, 07:20 AM
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From what I see in the pics - so far nothing that good consistent trimming and some hoof supplements/biotin couldn't drastically help. But with only a couple hoof shots we are only getting part of the story.

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post #8 of 34 Old 01-24-2013, 07:52 AM
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I'm not an expert in any way (although I did trim myself), but the hoofs don't look too horrible. They need a very good trimmer, and most probably several trims before they'll look "normal" again.
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I would definitely take a chance on this one. I have had my guy for 22 yrs, and he has rarely taken a lame step altho he frequently grows flares and chips due to being cow hocked (which has gotten worse as the years have progressed......). He has never needed supplements or anything to keep rock hard feet, and has never had a set of shoes on in his life.
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Those look like pretty good feet desperate for a trim or three. It wouldn't affect my decision. However, make sure you have a good farrier who does drafts. Not all of them will do a draft horse. They need a good trim and exfoliation, maybe a little thrush care in that sulcus there and some wall removed and then put on a 4 week cycle for a trim or three till everything is back in order. Nothing too major.

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