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post #1 of 12 Old 12-19-2008, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions on hooves Please

I would like everyones opinions on her hooves please. I know she is very young But the farrier had told my sister her colt was foundering and Him and twitch are fed and pastured the same way. This morning I thought her hooves looked a little off, but I thought I might just be paranoid. Thanks



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post #2 of 12 Old 12-19-2008, 02:10 PM
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I've never seen baby's hooves before, so I could be totally wrong, but they look really upright to me.. as if when she walks, she's walking on her toes.

other than that, I dont see anything wrong with them, though I really dont have an experienced eye to look for the beginning signs of founder and stuff.

If you are really worried, you could call your vet in to do x-rays.
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post #3 of 12 Old 12-19-2008, 04:37 PM
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They look fine to me. Babies' hooves and legs do so much growing and changing in the first few years, at some stages they look unusual or "off". Many humans tend to "over fix" things, one example is eyeglasses- many kids/teens go though stages where their vision seems to go slightly downhill, and it's only because of their actual eye growing and changing shape, when this is the case the vision is correct again after the growing is finished. Often doctors will slap some glasses on the kid to "correct the problem", but the eyes adapt to having the glasses and never fix themselves as the would have without glasses.

Ok, sorry, a little off-topic :) That was mostly just addressing the uprightness reply.

Do you have pictures of the colt that is supposed to be foundering?

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post #4 of 12 Old 12-19-2008, 06:02 PM
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Do you mean they look a little off now that you are worrying or they look a little off from what they normally look like?

I admit I don't know much about hoof health :$ but they do look a bit upright to me.
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post #5 of 12 Old 12-19-2008, 06:47 PM
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I don't see anything either... but I don't do youngsters much. I know my neighbour's young ones are quite upright and look a lot like hers. Maybe her heel are a bit forward, hard to see in the photo, but I am thinking of a mature horse too...
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post #6 of 12 Old 12-19-2008, 08:35 PM
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Most of our young foals dont have hooves like that but then again you never know.
By the time they are 12 months old there hooves, pasterns, legs all seem to even out.
I wouldn't really worry perhaps ask another experienced horse person or your vet?

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post #7 of 12 Old 12-19-2008, 11:54 PM
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Here's kinda what I think I see from the photos. The heels look a little high, bars too long (the bottom of the foot was a little fuzzy), and the hoof looks kinda long to where it's not level with the hard sole.

There is a lady on here that I think would be able to give you a better idea but I'm not exactly sure of her name. I think it's something like barefoothooves?? I'll try to track her down for you if she doesn't see this first.
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post #8 of 12 Old 12-20-2008, 09:17 AM
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Allow me to fetch her Zanytactics.. She is not only my trimmer but a good friend as well. I wonder if this will get me a good present for Christmas. lol

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I think the problem is all the mud and moisture we are having now. Her hooves were hard and well shaped when I first got her. Which has only been about a month ago. Her uprightness I believe is because she is still very young. My biggest concern are of the hooves getting soft. I can scratch the sole of the hoof with my fingernail and it will flake off. (not a lot just on the surface) I am getting a farrier out in a week or two so he will do the trimming that she needs. I'm Thinking that I may need to get a hoof conditioner/hardener during the wet season. I'll ask his opinion on that to. Thanks
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post #10 of 12 Old 12-21-2008, 10:42 PM
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I think the problem is all the mud and moisture we are having now. Her hooves were hard and well shaped when I first got her. Which has only been about a month ago. Her uprightness I believe is because she is still very young. My biggest concern are of the hooves getting soft. I can scratch the sole of the hoof with my fingernail and it will flake off. (not a lot just on the surface) I am getting a farrier out in a week or two so he will do the trimming that she needs. I'm Thinking that I may need to get a hoof conditioner/hardener during the wet season. I'll ask his opinion on that to. Thanks
Many of my horses do this somewhat when it's wet, some get really soft while others hardly change. I don't think it's a problem, I think that all that could happen is that if their hoof was injured, it may be worse/more tender etc, like stone bruises.

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