OK. Sorry there is some confusion here...I will try to clear things up.
Yes, Snickers is 2 MONTHS old. Which is why our farrier is concerned...he is very experienced and we really trust his opinion, and he says that if you trim a foal this young as much as you trim a mature horse, it can cause bleeding, which is a risk he wasn't willing to take. And her hooves are not simply overgrown...it is like the actual hoof sole is dropped, so the whole hoof is longer than it should be, and her heels are contracted. The shape of the wall is a bit of a duckbill (just very slight, but noticeable) and her frogs are very narrow and do not touch the ground when she stands normally, except at the bulbs of her heel. She walks on her heels (not her toes...she isn't clubfooted). Again, I will try to get pics to show you...our farrier trimmed a little bit off and that helped a bit, but again, he says he can't trim all the way up to the sole since she's so young (apparently he has tried it before, with unsettling results) and that he thinks the issue is most likely that her tendons and muscles haven't tightened up in her legs like they should have, to support her hoof and align it correctly.
I don't think she is a dwarf...she was on the small side for a mini foal, but nothing unusual. Her parents are both 33" minis. One interesting side note is that we bred our other mare, Rosie, who is out of the same mom as Snickers, to the stallion that is Snickers' sire, and she miscarried in April. Rosie is a maiden mare, 4 years old, so maybe it's just a freak thing, but we are concerned that the sire may have some issues, since one foal was a stillborn and one has this odd hoof issue. Just in case, we re-bred Rosie to a different stallion this year.
Again, I will get pics along so you can see...I don't know why my farrier suggested limiting her pasture time, since I think that running around would help strengthen her muscles/tendons, but maybe he is concerned that it will cause her condition to become more permanent. So far, we haven't limited it, just kept and eye on her and discussed getting the vet out (which we will actually do now). We had a busy weekend but will get the vet out ASAP this week...I will let you know what he says.
Again, any and all advice/comments very welcome.
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Last edited by hrsrdr; 08-21-2011 at 07:05 PM.