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    08-19-2011, 12:21 PM
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Weanling
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Our 2-month old miniature filly has a hoof problem...her heels are contracted and her hooves are very overgrown. We have had our farrier out, and he trimmed off as much as he dared, but since she is so little he says her hooves will bleed if he trims them to where they should be. He says it is probably an issue with the muscles/tendons/ligaments in her legs not supporting her feet like they should be. The only solution he can think to reccomend is limiting her pasture time, but I don't know how productive that would be. Has anyone heard of this issue before and/or have any ideas on how to fix it? She is not lame and is otherwise very healthy and happy; she just walks on her heels and we worry about Navicular developing later in her life if it doesn't correct itself as she gets older.
     
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    08-19-2011, 12:24 PM
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If it were mine and my farrier suggested my horse had a muscles/tendons/ligaments issue that might lead to long term problems I would be calling my vet to discuss the issue and figure out a plan on what is best for this animal for their long term well being.
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    08-19-2011, 12:30 PM
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Weanling
Yes, we are going to do that soon...I am just posting this to see if anybody has any other advice, because I have found this forum so helpful before. But don't worry, we will get the vet out to look at her within the next couple of weeks.
     
    08-19-2011, 12:44 PM
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Weanling
I agree with AlwaysBehind. It is so important to look after this problem immediately and starting with a vet with a great knowlege of ortho problems in foals should be the jump off point. Im sure your farrier is a great farrier but to be sure is so important in a case like this due to the foals age (soft bones etc right now) a vet can determine the cause and a course of action for you. Hope the little guy does okay!!
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    08-19-2011, 12:48 PM
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This is the type of situation that the sooner the vet can get something going the better chance your foal has for long term soundness.
     
    08-19-2011, 12:54 PM
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Weanling
Hmmm, ok. So far we haven't rushed to get our vet out because we didn't think a week more would hurt, since it is not something that is probably going to be able to be fixed right away anyway, but now I think we'll reconsider that. I see your point about her growing so much right now. I will let you know what he says! Other advice still welcome, of course. ;)
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    08-19-2011, 01:52 PM
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Hmmm, ok. So far we haven't rushed to get our vet out because we didn't think a week more would hurt, since it is not something that is probably going to be able to be fixed right away anyway, but now I think we'll reconsider that. I see your point about her growing so much right now. I will let you know what he says! Other advice still welcome, of course. ;)
I'm really confused. Two month old mini - too much pasture, hooves overgrown to the point the farrier is concerned about cutting too much off?

Two MONTHS old?
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    08-19-2011, 04:08 PM
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This is a case of every day of waiting to see a vet and getting some type of correction going will be more time for the correction to take effect. Why wait another week or two when she is growing everyday and her legs/hooves are going through changes everyday also.
     
    08-19-2011, 11:58 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by hrsrdr    
Our 2-month old miniature filly has a hoof problem...her heels are contracted and her hooves are very overgrown. We have had our farrier out, and he trimmed off as much as he dared, but since she is so little he says her hooves will bleed if he trims them to where they should be.
Your description suggests the farrier is less than confident in his ability to correctly trim the horse. Either the hooves are very overgrown and need to be properly trimmed, or they are not. Trimming a horses feet to "where they should be" does not cause bleeding. Maybe get a second opinion from someone more "daring" (experienced).

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He says it is probably an issue with the muscles/tendons/ligaments in her legs not supporting her feet like they should be.
Could she be a dwarf mini? They often present considerable congenital limb deviations and are rarely correctable.

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The only solution he can think to reccomend is limiting her pasture time, but I don't know how productive that would be.
Limit her pasture time to what end? Movement is relatively important in a young horse, regardless its size.

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Has anyone heard of this issue before and/or have any ideas on how to fix it?
Without photos it is difficult to understand what the issue is, let alone how to fix it, presuming it can be fixed.

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She is not lame and is otherwise very healthy and happy; she just walks on her heels and we worry about Navicular developing later in her life if it doesn't correct itself as she gets older.
Lot's of limb deviations do correct themselves in foals. You get about 6 months of usable opportunity to apply mechanical correction before the epiphyseal growth plates ossify and the deviations become permanent.

If the limb deviations are severe and become permanent, the longer term resultant articular arthritis, ringbone and sidebone will lesson your concerns about any potential navicular disease.

For more insight, photos and xrays would be helpful.

Cheers,
Mark
     
    08-20-2011, 10:03 AM
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I'm really confused. Two month old mini - too much pasture, hooves overgrown to the point the farrier is concerned about cutting too much off?

Two MONTHS old?
^^ this

As well as I agree with Horseman -- how can trimming the hooves to where they should be cause bleeding???

All this doesn't make sense. Can you post pictures?
     

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