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    12-17-2008, 03:38 AM
  #1
Weanling
Question Are her feet too small?

My mare has recently acquired a nasty stone bruise on her front right hoof, so she is currently lame. However as I was looking her over I noticed that her feet look quite small for her body. Is this a bad thing? What can be done about it? She is a 4yo Quarter horse. Also, is she over weight? She is a big sturdy mare however I am paranoid about her foundering at some stage..
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    12-17-2008, 03:41 AM
  #2
Weanling
Oh and I realise it could be hard to tell from the photographs, but is she sickle hocked too?
     
    12-17-2008, 05:02 AM
  #3
Foal
Little teacup feet and an upright pastern. Nothing wrong with that only that she will be more prone to corns and could get a bit more jarring.

Our Quarter Horse has these type of feet and she's really quick and agile! Most horses with these type of feet I have found to be very quick, agile and good sporters/cow horses etc anything that requires surefootedness and agility.

I know a lot of people will disagree with me and say that her feet and legs are wrong but I think you will find this will be a good thing for the future.

However, I can't tell if she is sickled hock I would need a picture of her back end but from the other photos I will say she is a nice looking quarter horse.
A lovely hip she haves.

Hope This Helps!
     
    12-17-2008, 04:47 PM
  #4
Green Broke
They are really small and looks like she's in need of a trim too. I disagree with with Liz. It could potentially be an issue depending on what you are going to do with her.

Other than the feet/leg issue - she's a nice looking horse.
     
    12-17-2008, 05:19 PM
  #5
Started
I don't think her hooves are too small... Her hooves remind me of my mares hooves and my girls hooves are small (at least that's what my farrier says)... They look like they need a trim to me.
     
    12-17-2008, 07:29 PM
  #6
Foal
Quarter horses in general in Australia anyway (may be different elsewhere) have smaller feet club feet are also very common, it's not a problem for the performance horses I have been around so should not be anything for you to worry about with your mare. :)
     
    12-17-2008, 08:27 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Actually teacup feet and upright pasterns are the causes of lameness in several QHs... somewhere along the line people thought it would would be a great look for them. Unfortunately you need a good solid foot and a proper pastern angle that's going to support the horse. Not saying that EVERY horse with a small foot and upright pastern is going to be lame, but it's not what I'd call a great asset in conformation.
     
    12-17-2008, 09:24 PM
  #8
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by upnover    
actually teacup feet and upright pasterns are the causes of lameness in several QHs... somewhere along the line people thought it would would be a great look for them. Unfortunately you need a good solid foot and a proper pastern angle that's going to support the horse. Not saying that EVERY horse with a small foot and upright pastern is going to be lame, but it's not what I'd call a great asset in conformation.
Exactly.

What exactly are you wanting to do with her?
     
    12-17-2008, 09:36 PM
  #9
Foal
I agree with Liz.

She has small feet but it isnt to much of a problem.. a lot of quarter horses seem to have small feet like that.. I had one mare.. she was a "really" big bodied mare.. and had tiny teacup hooves... I see most halter horses have small feet like that.. some people say that they are more prone to breaking down... but I don't exactly think so... She may be in need for a trimming soon tho.. =]
And she doesn't look over weight to me.. looks really good.

Really nice looking horse.. I love her butt!.. Typical quarter butt =]
     
    12-17-2008, 09:38 PM
  #10
Foal
One thing is tho.. is trimmers don't really like horses with small feet... My trimmer says it's just a pain lol
     

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