Originally Posted by aforred
If the horse is old enough to be ridden, it's too late to fix a club foot. You can change the angles a little bit, but be aware that you won't change how the bone sits inside the hoof, and may cause the coffin bone and the pastern to rub on each other if you change the angles too much.
Ditto that. The best that should be done is to keep the hoof trimmed to make the horse comfortable -- according to what the hoof says is comfortable. He probably grows heel really fast. That means having him trimmed more frequently because the heels need to be kept from growing so high that he looks like he is standing on his toes.
My 16 yo TWH has a slightly less than Grade 1 club foot. He has been with me 13-1/2 yrs. He has hooves like a goat and I've trail ridden him barefoot 95% of his life. He never came up lame or sore.
It has also never interferred with his champagne-smooth running walk that folks lust after
What that hoof is prone to, is thrush not only in the collateral grooves but in the sulci if I don't stay on top of things.