Toed out walker
I have a couple questions, for any farriers reading or anyone with experience with this particular issue.
My walker gelding toes out in the front. At his last trim, my farrier said it was because he was narrow chested and this causes him to wear down the insides of his feet first. He said he didn't need anything else besides the normal trimming.
But now, I'm wondering.
Firstly, is this something that can be corrected through proper trimming when it begins early in life? In other words, I want to know if he more than likely developed this as a foal and it got worse because it was not dealt with.
Secondly, now that he does have this conformational issue, can anything be done to correct it beyond just your regular trim? Shoes, perhaps?
Lastly, how will this affect his joints down the road?
His "quirk" by no means diminishes his awesomeness as a trail horse, or makes me love him less. I was just curious as to if there was something more I could be doing for him.
Thanks in advance. ^^
It's risky business no matter what approach we take and care should be taken to assure we do not create more problems than we solve.
You could always get a second opinion but.... you just did that. :wink:
Seriously, you could ask ten farriers about this issue and you'd get at least five different opinions. Most though, would have the same general theme.
Bottom line.... farriers cannot alter conformation or correct conformational defects in a mature horse. Now you know why there is such emphasis on quality breeding.
Be careful 'fixing' conformation issues with the feet, that's a quick way to make them lame. I agree with your farrier. If his feet are not causing him issues, let it be and just give him normal trims. It's the way he is built.
This is just a personal opinion. You will get a lot of different ones when it comes to feet, but if you're curious about this, do some research about corrective trimming and/or shoeing. A lot of new research is coming to light recently. It's still a sensitive topic, and I think it always will be.
How old is your walker?
Developing the muscles of the front end/chest will help some. Be it through maturity/age or exercise.
Otherwise I agree w/ Mark, a farrier can help reduce wear on the joints and improve the horses way of going but can not fix the problem/genetics.
Can you post conformation pics of this horse?
I plan to actually put him up sometime soon in conformation critique. I just got a new digital camera, so pics to come!
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