Originally Posted by natisha
I have a 25 year old Arabian with one very mild club foot. I used to have front shoes on her to hold angles until 10 years ago when we went to barefoot all around with a small exception.The club foot has a tiny, maybe 3 inch long shoe over the toe area only. It prevents the toe from breaking off.
She has never been lame or sore.
The trick is to not mess with Mother Nature & to trim/shoe within the angles the horse has. She is trimmed every 6 weeks, year round.
I've been told shoeing a horse with clubbed feet can increase the pressure on the joints or something? He's very tender on hard ground and I feel I really don't have a choice but to put shoes on him to keep him sound.
I knew he had one, you can barely tell the other is a clubbed foot. I just put a video of his barrel run up, and you can tell he is tender on his feet in one part of the arena, but when he gets into the softer or wet dirt he is okay. Do you think he is tender, or is it just the shock on the joints with his clubbed feet?