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post #1 of 6 Old 07-21-2010, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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curious about feet trimming

I was wondering whether trimming hooves a certain way could fix or lessen the extend of a confirmational flaw? such as cow hocks?? liek the certain angle would reduce the angle in the legs? (p.s i have no idea what im talking about lol) or would this just throw off the whole horses balance?


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there is corrective trimming and shoeing but im not sure if it will help fix cow hocks to much extent. You'd probably be best to ask your farrier about it because it would also depend of the individual horse.
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thanks for your reply! i don't have a horse, just curious to know whether people did that

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The problem with trying to make a leg that goes this way go that way via change in hoof shape is that said leg was not designed to go that way in this horse so you end up putting strain on things and end up with a lame horse.
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You can only correct so much, before you end up doing harm to the horse. If the horse has lived with cow hocks their entire life, trying to "correct" that with trimming or shoeing could make the horse sore or do internal damage to the tendons/muscles.

Now, if you do some minor corrective trimming on a FOAL, you can encourage better growth/development, but again, you can only do so much.
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-21-2010, 01:52 PM
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I'm not sure about cow hocks, but my farrier does corrective trimming (for ex: my aunt had a stallion who leaned back slightly on his front legs, so basically what the farrier did was trim the front of the hoof shorter than the back walls which caused him to stand more in his toes so that overtime (trimming this way consistently) his muscles & tendons would learn to sopport his weight porperly).

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