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post #1 of 3 Old 12-18-2011, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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Interesting hoof treatment

A fellow stopped by today and briefly told me of the days when he worked in the bush with horses. He referred to one draft horse as "crow footed", a term I was unfamiliar with. He spread his fingers to give me an idea. He and his partner wrapped wire around the hoof to alter the hoof growth. He said that in time, it worked and they were able to shoe the horse.
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This is the only information i could find on this:

"Crow Footed in Front " & " Outbow - Footed " . These type of conformation produce an unequal contact of the hoof with the ground and a consequent increase in wear of the lateral quarter and decrease of the medial quarter. Also the outer ligaments of the knees are subject to increased tension while the inner bones are subjected to increased compression. A horse with such conformation may well suffer from interference and be predisposed to stumbling.

Interesting. I've never heard of this.

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Haven't heard the term 'crow footed' but the guy spreading his fingers gives me the idea he's talking about a horse with flared & split feet? Yes, well, you get all sorts & I'd say binding with wire is one of the most... novel I've heard for this problem.

Keeping the horse well trimmed - that is, maintaining regularly rather than waiting for overgrowth before trimming - and relieving the disconnected walls from ground forces, along with treating any seedy infections should enable the new growth to come down strongly & well connected.
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