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post #1 of 15 Old 06-14-2010, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Prevention of Club Feet

My mare wears down her right front hoof down different than her other feet, causing a minor club foot. I was thinking of ways to prevent this wearing, one obviously putting on shoes, another possibly wearing hoof boots? It would be a much cheaper solution than shoeing her (she's barefoot now) and it would be much less hassle. Are hoof boots supposed to be kept on all of the time, minus the time to get her hooves trimmed and checking their feet? Do you guys know of any other solutions to a club foot? Any help would be much appreciated! I also attached pics of her club foot.

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ETA: We've had the chiropractor out so it's not an alignment issue and I don't think it's a conformation flaw either.

also here's the boots I was looking at: http://www.horse.com/leg-protection-...oof-boots/590/
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Have you had a professional barefoot trimmer out to have a look? I would guess it can be managed with regular maintenance trimming every 2/3 weeks to keep her feet balanced and aligned. More work or excercise will also help stimulate the circulation and encourage more and quicker growth.

Boots are really only made to be worn when riding or when doctoring, not all the time - however you could probably get away with using Easyboot glue ons or similar for a few days in a row, then giving her a day or two without them - but it would get expensive. You wouldn't want to leave boots with a gaitor or boots that cover the coronet on for any length of time (Over a few days).

I wouldn't go the shoe route. I think if you could learn how to do maintence trims with the specific aim of addressing this issue it might be the best way to go.

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I don't see that she has a club foot?
I would think if she wears it down differently then theres some kind of unequal pressure going on, or the wall/sole is weaker on that foot. try putting something on the foot to harden it up and get a good barefoot trimmer to come have a look.
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I don't have a trimmer specifically for barefoot horses, but what do you think shoes would do? Wouldn't they allow the hoof to grow without being worn down? I was thinking the horse boots would do the same. I could just put them on while riding because the horse area is all soft dirt and the pasture is obviously grass. When we go out riding we go on asphalt roads through the neighborhoods, rocky areas, or big open areas with hard dirt.

ETA: I think she has a mild case of it and also really doesn't like to go on her right lead possibly because of it.

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Have you had a professional barefoot trimmer out to have a look? I would guess it can be managed with regular maintenance trimming every 2/3 weeks to keep her feet balanced and aligned. More work or excercise will also help stimulate the circulation and encourage more and quicker growth.

Boots are really only made to be worn when riding or when doctoring, not all the time - however you could probably get away with using Easyboot glue ons or similar for a few days in a row, then giving her a day or two without them - but it would get expensive. You wouldn't want to leave boots with a gaitor or boots that cover the coronet on for any length of time (Over a few days).

I wouldn't go the shoe route. I think if you could learn how to do maintence trims with the specific aim of addressing this issue it might be the best way to go.
- I ride her daily and usually do lots of cantering around ^^

- What if I just put them on to ride?

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ETA: I think she has a mild case of it and also really doesn't like to go on her right lead possibly because of it.
I think you probably have the chicken and egg thing in the wrong order here.

I would bet whatever is making such that she prefers to not do the right lead is what is also causing her to wear down this foot differently.

It probably would be best to do a full lameness evaluation with the veterinarian specializing in lameness issues before you try to mask the symptom by putting shoes on that foot.
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I think you probably have the chicken and egg thing in the wrong order here.

I would bet whatever is making such that she prefers to not do the right lead is what is also causing her to wear down this foot differently.

It probably would be best to do a full lameness evaluation with the veterinarian specializing in lameness issues before you try to mask the symptom by putting shoes on that foot.
I said that because I read on the link provided above that a club foot will cause a horse to not want to go on the lead that they have the club foot on

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I said that because I read on the link provided above that a club foot will cause a horse to not want to go on the lead that they have the club foot on
Yes, but in this case I think, like I said above. You are getting your cause and affect backwards.

Your mare does not look like she has a club foot. Not even a slight one as you put it. I think there is something else going on here which causes her both not like that lead and drag her toe to wear her foot down funny.
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