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post #1 of 3 Old 01-15-2011, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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Club foot questions

What exactly is a club foot? I have found some conflicting answers in the little research I've done. I know someone who has a horse that wears shoes on her front only and the owner told me that they were corrective shoes. At one point they were because the horse had a stone bruise that absessed and she was never going through that again, then it was the horse didn't grow any heel (the heels are very high now) which causes a great strain in her legs, then she told me that the mare was club footed. Both front hooves are really upright in my opinion but I'm no expert. The hooves look even to me - can you have club foot in both front hooves? Could this be a result in farrier work?

I ask this because she has always had a problem with me keeping my horse barefoot and is now really pushing her farrier to trim my horse (which I have no intention of doing). She knows that I will not shoe my horse (who has great hooves by the way).
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This thread is mentioned as a similar thread, and probably will give you what you need to know. My mare Mia has a mild club foot. I don't know if that is what ended her use in endurance racing, or if it was her laziness...but both farriers I've used and both vets that have seen her say to keep her barefoot, and that she should last forever as a pleasure horse. They also believe in using corrective shoeing at times, so it depends on the horse.

Does my filly seem to have a Club Foot
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It sounds to me like it may be a combination of having a maybe pseudo club food, and bad farrier work. I met an Arabian stallion that doesn't like men, yet the owner is a man, and the farrier is a man, so the horse has pretty weird feet. Both front feet are very upright, lots of heel, the back feet flare out, and I'm pretty certain that most of its because the farrier wants to get in and out as quickly as possible when dealing with the stallion that he does a shoddy job. I personally advocate going barefoot for as long as its practical for the horse, the hooves hold up, and as long as the horse does well barefoot.
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