Horses right hind hoof turns inwards
After spending over a year looking for a horse, the last one being an OTTB which windsucked (ended up passing on him) I now have a horse on trial from a guy at work. He was given the horse over winter from someone who had run out of grass and had too many horses, when spring arrived the owner couldnt be bothered coming to get him so this guy got him for free. He is a lovely little 6 year old pinto, a bit green but was used by the previous owner for pig hunting. The new owner has said that I can have him for cheap given that he has done a bit of ground work with him, a lady who grazes at the same place has been riding him a couple of times a week but nothing intensive. The only possible problem is that at a walk his hind right hoof points inwards from the ankle down - it is quite noticable once it has been pointed out. It does not seem to trouble him and there is no connection with his other hind leg when moving. The guy got a vet to look at it who said it looks like it has been that way since birth and not due to injury - he said it shouldnt affect him except for being an issue with future buyers. We rode today for almost two hours up and down steep terrain and he did really well - he stumbled a bit but then so did the other horse as it was pretty uneven ground. Other than that I love him already and can see us making a great team, he would only be used for pleasure riding so no heavy competing. I would probably get another vet to look at it before buying although I don't want to offend the owner as he is very genuine and I know he would not try and sell me a horse that he didnt think was sound. Can anyone advise on this or whether it could be (or should be) corrected with trimming and/or shoeing? At this stage he is only shod on his front feet.
Last edited by kiwi79; 12-03-2011 at 02:12 AM.