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post #1 of 14 Old 08-29-2011, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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To buy or not to buy? Horse Feet Pics

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I am new to the forums. I am looking to start buying my first horse hopefully in the next couple of weeks here. After looking at 50-60 horses, I ended up driving to see two this past weekend. I found one that I really liked; however, the feet are a little weird to me. I do not know enough about horse feet to make a judgement call on this; so, I figured I'd come here and get some opinions. Everything else with this horse is great with this horse; however, just don't know if these feet are minor or really bad. These pics were actually from the video I took of her. I had to freeze the frame and print the screen to get them. However, I hope they come out okay so you gusy can judge. Please let me know your opinions. Thanks, Shannon






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Has she ever been lame in the past or needed shoes? Those are some questions i would talk to the owner about. Her feet do look sort of "rough" but that could just be a bad ferrier job, or perhaps she had shoes on & then had them taken off without a proper trim afterwards. The edges dont look like they've been rasped..
If you're really serious about her i would maybe get a vet or ferrier to come out & check her over just incase.

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Has she ever been lame in the past or needed shoes? Those are some questions i would talk to the owner about. Her feet do look sort of "rough" but that could just be a bad ferrier job, or perhaps she had shoes on & then had them taken off without a proper trim afterwards. The edges dont look like they've been rasped..
If you're really serious about her i would maybe get a vet or ferrier to come out & check her over just incase.
I talked to the owner and she said that she used a different ferrier. However, when I asked her when the last time she saw a ferrier, she said two weeks ago. I have leased horses and most I rode had shoes on them since we would ride a lot and go on roads. I do not know how two weeks after a ferrier would play out on a natural foot. Also, the pasture has high grass, they have a huge lake on the property that she says that the horses love to swim in the water. I do not know how those environmental factors actually play apart of this. I do not believe she has had shoes on, especially recently. I actually can almost bet money on it, that this one did not have shoes prior to these pics. This horse is 3 hours away from me, so if I did have ferrier go out there, I would not know them at all.
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If those feet saw a farrier two weeks ago, the farrier should be fired. The feet are definitely in need of a trim, but from the limited pics provided I don't see anything seriously wrong, just overgrowth, unbalanced, messy, unfinished work. Now some of this will definitely appear in two weeks, but not to the degree showing above.

If there is no heat, no lameness and no sensitivity I wouldn't let these feet concern you. One thing I noticed is beautiful full frogs on the first and last pic. The second one is not so full -- is it due to contracted heels? Or because thrush was cut away? Or lack of contact before with the shoes? Or something else? I don't know. But I still wouldn't let that stop me.

I have seen much, much worse. However, if you have any concerns a few bucks for a good farrier will set your mind at ease.
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If those feet saw a farrier two weeks ago, the farrier should be fired. The feet are definitely in need of a trim, but from the limited pics provided I don't see anything seriously wrong, just overgrowth, unbalanced, messy, unfinished work. Now some of this will definitely appear in two weeks, but not to the degree showing above.

If there is no heat, no lameness and no sensitivity I wouldn't let these feet concern you. One thing I noticed is beautiful full frogs on the first and last pic. The second one is not so full -- is it due to contracted heels? Or because thrush was cut away? Or lack of contact before with the shoes? Or something else? I don't know. But I still wouldn't let that stop me.

I have seen much, much worse. However, if you have any concerns a few bucks for a good farrier will set your mind at ease.
I emailed a farrier in my area to see if he could give me some free advice on these feet. One other person I have talked to, didn't like how she performed in her video she sent me. I tried to get it upload for me to post a link for some reason it doesn't want to work. I guess I just need to sit and wait on the farrier to correspond with me.
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Her feet may be affecting her movement somewhat. You can post a video on youtube and link to it in a message. There are some very knowledgeable people here that would be willing to critique a decent video.
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I see nothing in the feet that a good balanced trim couldn't take care of in a few trims. The 2nd shot looks to have a bit of a contracted heal - but again a good trim on a consistent schedule would take care of that.
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I think they are beautiful, healthy feet with nice wide, healthy frogs. All they need is a good trim in my opinion. Most shod hooves don't look this good.

Sure, there is slight chipping, but that is nothing that a good rasp and about 20 minutes of someone's time couldn't fix.

The only thing I would have ANY concern about is that one front foot is a little more contracted than the other, so I would wonder why they don't match. Like if there could be an old injury or something to that leg. But that is just a wild guess on my part. I would get a vet's opinion. A pre-purchase exam is always a good idea anyway.
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I believe that the one hoof with the smaller frog is actually a back foot, the 2 with the nice, wide frogs are on the front feet.

I agree with everyone else, I really see absolutely nothing about those feet that a couple of good trims with a good farrier couldn't fix completely. If her movement seemed off in the video, providing it wasn't an actual lameness issue, then it could either be a product of mediocre hoof care, or she could just be a horse that isn't a spectacular mover.
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post #10 of 14 Old 08-30-2011, 12:12 AM
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there is nothing that cannot be fixed with those hooves, the frogs look good, the heel with decontract with proper trimming, there is ALOT of bar to be removed..But those feet would not keep me from buying a horse that is a good fit for me...If he is everything your looking for, go for it.. :)

I would suggest to ask the trimmer to do a good mustang roll for the first few trims ..
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