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post #11 of 14 Old 01-05-2009, 10:41 PM
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I hate it that such a beautiful horse has such a huge problem. I really don't know if you should ride him or not. If you did, I would advise only short rides at no more than a walk. I don't advise trying to take the heel down yet, just trim at the same angle to get rid of length until you can get some x-rays. From his appearance, he is too old for the club to be cured. I think the most you can do would be alleviate some of the uncomfortable feelings from it. Of course, I think it worth your time to try to help this horse. If all else fails, he would make a great pasture mate or even a pet for someone who cannot ride. If it comes down to having to get rid of him, you might suggest therapeutic riding centers to his owner. I think they have horses that are only used for groundwork and are not ridden, but I'm not sure.

Ok, I just read your new post. I think that the most you can do is help him be more comfortable since x-rays are not an option.

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post #12 of 14 Old 01-05-2009, 10:55 PM
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I can understand not wanting to do x rays on him at this time, I have taken in many unwanted horses and know how it is to not want to put a ton of money into them, especially at first. You can never know what people are expecting from a club foot. I have come across so many people that have their farriers try to make the club look normal and end up completely screwing up their horses. Or people who just don't have a clue about what can happen when you start messing with clubs. Its hard to tell what people know and what kind of experiences they have had on an internet forum. I am sure your farrier will be able to tell what is the correct amount to take off, without messing up his foot. He looks like a really cute guy and I hope things work out well with him. Good luck!
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post #13 of 14 Old 01-08-2009, 11:07 AM
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Bless you for taking this poor baby in.

Many times when a horse looks club footed it is due to heel pain caused by incapsulated thrush in the frog. When there is pain in the frog the horse grows heel to try to lift the foot off the painful frog. There are several remedies but I use ionic silver (kinda like colloidal silver but less expensive, look on line) to soak the feet in for a minimum of 5 hours in soaking boots. This gives you a three day window where the heel will start to exfoliate and allow your trimmer to start to drop the heels only to the level of the hard or live sole. Once you have good frog pressure it will continue to help the foot re-align by exfoliating the sole it doesn't need and continue allowing your trimmer to trim to the hard sole again.

The crack is most likely being caused by pressure from the top of the coffin bone pressing on the inside of the coronary band. By getting this horse's heels down, the coffin bone will start to re-align itself to a ground parallel position over time. Don't make drastic changes but with treating that frog pain the heels will come down. Like Zanytactic suggests, have your farrier/trimmer go to for some good info on this. The horse should be trimmed at least every 2 weeks.

The horse's bars are also neglected that's why it has flares on both front feet. Give him some bute the first time and have your farrier work on the worst foot first to get rid of the most painful part. Which will most likely be to trim the bars and heel that are just collapsing out then give the foot back quickly. That will help the horse a lot and he may allow more work because some pain would be alleviated and he'll give your farrier/trimmer cudos for knowing how to make him feel better and not making him stand on it for a long time.
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post #14 of 14 Old 01-09-2009, 04:52 AM Thread Starter
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Well the situation has changed... this lovely boy will be going to another home shortly so we have backed off... thank you all so much for the information, will pass it along.

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