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post #1 of 7 Old 10-25-2012, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Goofy ankles!

My goofy horse has goofy feet. His pasterns slope awkwardly. It isn't so apparent in the first photo, and I'll make a point of getting a better picture next time I see him, but his feet grow out on the outsides and not so much on the inside so I feel like he's putting more weight on the inside of his hooves instead of spreading evenly. I hope that makes sense.

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post #2 of 7 Old 10-25-2012, 05:35 PM
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He's toed out. It's a conformational flaw so there's not much you can do about it. You could try getting your farrier to trim him differently to try and correct it but he may be too old for that to do much.
My old Arab mare is pigeon toed (the exact opposite of your fellow) but it does not affect her. They learn to adjust & compensate

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He's toed out. It's a conformational flaw so there's not much you can do about it. You could try getting your farrier to trim him differently to try and correct it but he may be too old for that to do much.
My old Arab mare is pigeon toed (the exact opposite of your fellow) but it does not affect her. They learn to adjust & compensate
Thanks, I wasn't sure what it was called. It causes his feet to grow funky so I wasn't sure if it would eventually lead to arthritic problems or what.


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Don't fix this. He is too old to fix.. and this is a common issue of growth in foals. If you want a horse to grow straight.. they need to be trimmed as foals (foals spread their legs to reach the ground and wear the inside of the hoof).

Without regular trimming, most foals grow into horses that will toe out a bit.

You can help him by keeping his feet trimmed and putting plates (light shoes) on the front so he cannot wear the inside down. This will support his hoof walls as well. It won't make him straight.. and that is OK. Making him straight with corrective trimming at this stage will put stress on his joints and would likely lame him.. if not now, in the future..
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Yes, you risk making him sore or worse if you change things at this stage.
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I had no intentions of "changing" it, I just wanted to know what the effects of it were.

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we have a 7yo mare that was severely toed out when we bought her all the vets said no shoes and frequent timing. But our farrier which I trust undoubtedly puts shoes on her. Her insides were 3 1/2" long and the outside left was 4 1/2" long and right front was 4 15/16" long. She wasn't lame in the pasture but could not be ridden. She is now almost completely even with a sight toed out stance and hasn't been lame in nine months. She will not get any more correct than she is right now. She will always look a little off but she isn't lame. She will be able ti go back into a normal training schedule in about 4 weeks
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