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    03-18-2011, 10:06 PM
  #11
Green Broke
You want to see a club foot get on my facebook. Michelle Bender (my kid is shooting a gun.) Missy with her new baby
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    03-19-2011, 01:42 AM
  #12
Weanling
There are a lot of Michelle Bender's in the facebook world. I had to look.
     
    03-19-2011, 04:25 AM
  #13
Green Broke
There is a picture of my kid shooting a gun. That's all I can tell ya. Sorry! I don't know how else I can help.
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    03-19-2011, 07:05 AM
  #14
Trained
Hi,

Can't really tell anything much from that pic, tho it appears that white foot may be slightly higher heeled. You can learn what is required of pics for hoof critique at Good Hoof Photos - How to take Good Hoof Photos That ring where the growth changes angle could be due to extra stress to that foot 6 months ago(or whenever that point was growing from coronet), but it appears that there may be lesser rings from the same period on the other feet, so I'd think it's likely a dietary lami occurence that happened then, slightly worse on the white front because that toe's under a bit more stress.

'Club foot' means feet are more upright/boxy, but particularly one foot over the other of a pair. Of course horses don't have perfectly identical feet, but if it's a noticable difference and not apparently due to bad trimming or such, farriers often call this 'club foot'. This may be due to innate imbalance in the horse when born, but is often due to injury or sometimes imbalanced trimming. Of course, if one leg is actually slightly shorter than the other or such, there is really nothing that could or should be done about making them a matching pair. If it's due to injury or other body imbalance, it *may* be changeable, if the body issue can be resolved. You will find some good articles on heel height and club foot(among a HEAP of other great info) at Pete Ramey writes about white line disease thrush navicular disease hoof balance

As for TBs going barefoot, success of this comes down predominently to deed rather than breed - eg. Environment, management, diet, etc, etc. TBs are no more likely to have probs bare generally than other breeds. However, there are also a heap of great hoof boots on the market these days, so it's not a question of only shoes vs bare at all. Most horses, particularly if straight out of shoes will have problems, at least on some surfaces bare, and need protection. Boots are a much healthier option to conventional metal shoes(not to mention cheaper) and with the range there is now, are generally suitable for whatever the horse & situation. You'll learn more about the factors & principles of this too at hoofrehab.com, among many other good sites. It's so important to educate ourselves on this, regardless whether you choose to shoe or not.
     
    03-19-2011, 09:06 AM
  #15
Weanling
Mbender....I found you. You have some really pretty horses posted there. By the way, I think its great your son is learning to shoot. I can't wait for my daughters to grow up and learn how to as well.

Loosie, thank you for responding. I think there might have been something nutritionally missing with her, before we got her. She has only been off the track for a year, and the person we had her on only had her about 7-8 months. She had her on all kinds of supplements, including one for hooves. Will have to look it up later to see what it was. I do know, when we finally get back, we will do xrays, and see if any damage has been done before we start riding her. To be honest I had not even thought about putting boots on her and not shoes. I didn't realize there are so many options out there. Looks like I have all kinds of research to do.

Thank you everyone for your comments. I really do appreciate it. I know the pictures make it hard to see anything definite. Like I said, I will talk to Deanna and see if she can get me some. Most likely I will have to wait til I get back home in May for 3 weeks. We are hoping to have enough time to see all the family, and see the horses. :)
     
    03-19-2011, 09:32 AM
  #16
Green Broke
Thanks army. My son is a great shot! Loves to shoot the guns. Thank you for the compliment. Good luck in your hunt to make your mare feel better.
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    03-19-2011, 01:33 PM
  #17
Weanling
I don't see a club foot from those pictures but what I do see is long toes and underrun heels.

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