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    11-11-2010, 01:37 PM
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Foal
Arrow Ever heard the term "coon footed"

I am looking at adopting a 15 year old thoroughbred who stands 17hh. He would be used at trail riding only for my husband. After speaking with the rescue, they were told he was coon footed, I have never heard of this term. I do know he has some slight confirmation issues as you can tell that its slightly off. Before the rescue got him he was left out on a sand pasture basically starving. I do know he is tattooed so he was OTT at some point in his life. His tattoo is slightly rubbed off so its hard to make it out. This is all I really know about his past.

I did ride him and he did well, but noticed he would trip sometimes, Im unsure if this was due to the soft sand we were in or the fact he has worse confirmation issue than I think he does. I was told that proper hoof care and splint boots would help, but once a horse has these things happen to them, you can't "cure" it, only slow down the progression. Does anyone have any experience with this kind of thing? He would be a perfect fit into our home with my 2 other mares. Great ground manners and all!

I just need some input to help me make my final decision. Thanks!
     
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    11-11-2010, 01:43 PM
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Showing
Jenni, coon footed means his pasterns are too long and flat. This is a conformational issue, and could be degenerative.

It puts the horse at risk for suspensory issues down the line, so you need to think long and hard about what you plan to do with this animal.

Also, if he becomes pasture sound only at some point, do you have the space, time, money and resources to continue to care for him?
     

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