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post #1 of 17 Old 07-11-2011, 12:50 AM Thread Starter
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Question horse feet are hitting legs

My sons new horse is 250 lbs under weight and we are working on that. He was shod for the first time, in who knows when! After several weeks we've noticed now he has sore inside his fetlock, what could be going on?

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post #2 of 17 Old 07-11-2011, 05:18 AM
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Hi,

Sorry mate, but with so little info, who knows?? Hoof & confo pics would be helpful, along with any info on soundness & injury issues & management/fitness, etc. Also depending on how many 'several' are & the state of his feet before that & how he was trimmed, he could be due for a trim/reset. This is but one reason why I would not generally shoe a horse with hoof issues.
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post #3 of 17 Old 07-11-2011, 06:52 AM
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Could be possibly he is toed in, so his hoof points slightly inwards therefore hitting the opposite leg when he steps forward. Some pictures of his legs from the sides & front and also some of his hoofs from the front and side & the bottom of them would help a great deal :) I noticed one of my mares hoofs is slightly toed in the other day, which is why she finds it difficult walking on uneven ground because she keeps tripping over her own feet lol she seems to be fine on flat ground though apart from the occasional stumble.
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post #4 of 17 Old 07-11-2011, 09:59 AM
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Horses that toe in never hit themselves. Thy characteristically swing their feet out. [They might interfere with the horse next to them.] Most horses that interfere, toe out. They swing their foot in after it 'breaks over' on the inside of the hoof. The place hit is very frequently a spot about the size of a nickle on the medial (but toward the rear) aspect of the opposite fetlock joint. They actually hit directly on the medial proximal sesamoid bone.

They should be trimmed or shod frequently because the longer their feet are, the more exaggerated their gait gets. This horse should be trimmed no less often than every 7 or 8 weeks and shod every 5 or 6 weeks. It should be 'stood up' as much a possible as long toes and low heels exacerbate the problem.

They can be correctively trimmed by lowering the outside of the hooves. I do not believe in doing this as this puts more stress on the legs mother nature gave him. I believe in trimming / shoeing frequently and 'leveling' the hooves'. I have seen many horses where corrective trimming actually made them interfere more.
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post #5 of 17 Old 07-11-2011, 10:30 AM
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Really? Negritas hoof points inwards and she seems to hit the inside of her other hoof :S
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post #6 of 17 Old 07-11-2011, 10:35 AM
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My filly over steps often but she clicks her front hooves not her legs & we are working on her pigeon toes with our farrier
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KC -- Your pigeon toes horse could step on top of the other hoof just because the feet are closer when the horse is standing. Have someone else lead her toward you and you will see that she breaks over on the outside of her hooves and swings her legs/feet wider when they are off of the ground.

To correct a pigeon toed horse, you take more hoof off of the inside bottom of the hoof. Rasp it down to the sole from the center of the hoof to the inside heel. I have a pigeon toed horse (that is straight through the knee) that is so pigeon toed that the farrier puts a lift under the outside heels to keep her sound. He takes 1 1/2 inch pieces of an old shoe and welds them to the bottoms of her shoes she wears. She stays sound as a trail horse, but probably would not if she were ridden hard. [Her name is Pidge.]
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MH -- If your horse is just ' clicking' and not grabbing her front shoes or heels and pulling shoes or injuring her heels, she is probably 'forging'. This is where the toe of the hind foot hits the bottom of the front shoe when it breaks over and leaves the ground.

The best way we have found to correct that is to stand the horse up in the front, roll the toe on the front shoes and sometimes even set the front shoes back. This is all done to speed up the break-over and let the horse gets its front hooves out of the way.

The other thing that adds to forging and over-reaching is when an owner / farrier wants to 'straighten up' a horse the toes out or is cow-hocked behind. This is done very often in Arabians and makes them start over-reaching. When the hind feet toe out, the horse lands with them wide and they miss the front feet. Trying to straighten them up makes them hit or step on their front feet. I used to train a lot of Arabians and nearly all of them came to me hitting themselves because their his-guided owners had tried to make them look straight.
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Cherie- my yearling in a QH and is barefoot. Thank you for the input! I will ask my farrier about when he comes next week! And my 3yr old is an arabian x morgan but he trims her toe out as that is correct for her. She is also barefoot but we may put shod her in the future if needed.
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post #10 of 17 Old 07-11-2011, 11:39 AM
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Oh okay i'll have to have a look at her next time im up there. Im pretty sure hers is only from the pastern down, but its weird sometimes she doesnt look toed in, other times she does :S I only have one picture of her front legs, and she doesnt look pigeon toed in that. I'll have to get another next time I notice it lol
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