Just wanted to get your guy's opinion on this gelding. He is a 9 year old QH. A friend of mine is interested in him and is wanting to go look at him. He has a club hoof, as you can see in the photo and I was wondering what you guys thought about it? Do you see it causing him any problems? Or would it be ok as long as it is trimmed properly? She is going to have a vet look at it in a few days.
I think it really depends on what she is planning to do with the horse. If he is just meant to be a trail/leaisure horse, or one to just play around on I see no problem. I wouldn't jump or do barrels with him, or really hefty competing however.
I can not tell a thing from the angles of those pictures. I do see an old injury to one hoof . The photos need to be taken exactly from the side with the camera literally ON ground so it is exactly level, and one photo of the sole with the camera pointing exactly at the middle of the sole, both taken very close up.
I don't see a club foot there, I see a scarred foot with a weird growth defect from some sort of injury. Likely a wire cut or so forth. Id personally like to look at it alot closer before I made my mind up and see just how extensive the injury was. Picture angles are insufficient to see much. He also slightly short strides on it in the trail video going over the tree. However, he looks like a reasonably solid guy with a good head and that means alot. He may not hold up to hard use for alot of years but may be a great horse for light to medium use for several years. He may need pain management earlier than a different horse if the injury did anything to his joints or bones. I highly recommend at least one X ray view on this horse if the cost of the horse vs loss of use risk demands it. Two would be better.
Also what a sweetheart he seems to be! He puts up with a LOT. If he is sound , scar on foot or not, he is worth his weight in gold as a trail horse, from those videos. Right now he doesn't move all that freely or sound in the arena but those forefeet look like s h y t in the photos and some good farrier work may be all he needs.