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    06-05-2011, 03:19 AM
  #1
Foal
Club foot

So...apparently Rio has a club foot. I guess this is why he trips alot? We have the farrier working on him, but he is a man of few words...is there anything I need to do? Should I not try and trail ride him? Anything I should know about club feet? I'm going to google alot but I thought I would ask here too. I'm not riding him right now, he cut his leg on the fence...he is so bad with fences(rolled into it). Should I be exercising him?
     
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    06-05-2011, 04:12 AM
  #2
Banned
How bad is the club foot? Some can be ridden others not so much so it totally depends on how bad it is. Can we see pics?
     
    06-05-2011, 09:38 AM
  #3
Foal
Yes, depends on how bad it is. Most club footed horses I have seen are able to be ridden without any problems. I have even seen the odd few do endurance and travel 80km (50Miles) with no probelm. However, I would not reccomend riding a club footed horse more than short distances at any speed other than a walk especially if you don't know much about club feet.
So, if your horse shows no sign of lameness (when his leg is healed up properly) and perhaps you should get a vet to verify that he isn't lame AT ALL, then you should be able to go on easy trail rides with no problem.
     
    06-05-2011, 10:44 AM
  #4
Started
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.
     
    06-05-2011, 01:42 PM
  #5
Green Broke
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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.
     
    06-05-2011, 04:58 PM
  #6
Foal
I put an album up of his hoof photos. http://www.horseforum.com/members/17...pictures-2865/


The pictures arn't great because nobody was here to help, and I didn't have a flat surface except inside the barn where the light was bad. The bottom of the hoof pics are bad because I had to use my ipod, I can't 1 hand my SLR camera well.
     
    06-05-2011, 05:06 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by SammyD    
Yes, depends on how bad it is. Most club footed horses I have seen are able to be ridden without any problems. I have even seen the odd few do endurance and travel 80km (50Miles) with no probelm. However, I would not reccomend riding a club footed horse more than short distances at any speed other than a walk especially if you don't know much about club feet.
So, if your horse shows no sign of lameness (when his leg is healed up properly) and perhaps you should get a vet to verify that he isn't lame AT ALL, then you should be able to go on easy trail rides with no problem.
the vets around here arn't very helpful, they don't specialize in horses. We use them but they arn't the best. The closest actual horse-only vets are about 3 hours away. I may just have to convince my bf to drive us to a real horse vet. Same thing with farriers, there's only 2 around here that don't beat the horses... so we use one of the nice farriers.
     
    06-05-2011, 05:20 PM
  #8
Foal
Also, when we bought him he had shoes on, his hooves were hard to clean around the frogs, it was really deep. I didn't know what a club hoof was, I just thought he had weird looking hooves. Now after the last trimming they look even stranger, they are flat...it's like the bottom doesn't curve in at all, much easier to clean though. If he ends up not being rideable, at least he's fun to play with on the ground and he's just nice to look at :)
     
    06-05-2011, 06:58 PM
  #9
Green Broke
I take it it is the right front? The others look fine. The right front is hardly anything at all. Enjoy your horse, he'll be fine.
     
    06-05-2011, 07:08 PM
  #10
Banned
From the pics, I was going to say the left hind! But now I see that the right front is a little more upright than the left.

But seriously, none of his feet are clinical club feet. Don't worry about it. Keep him well balanced and trimmed and you shouldn't have any issues.
     

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