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barrelbeginner 03-28-2012 09:57 PM

farriers? ANyone? Help!
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okay so here is my question.. This is my horse zorros right front hoof. If you look closely in this picture you can tell that the inside. is more crooked and closer to the ground.. like filed more down. And on the outside is toed out. I can get pictures of that leg if its needed, but this foot grows like this even if I have the farrier trim it right
Now in this picture as you can see the hoof looks odd. How different it looks and probably should look? On the inside the hoof is a lot shorter and that is making his whole hoof go crooked.. He cant really tell from the pictures but trust me it is..
Here it looks mostly like a normal hoof to me but closely look and see how the leg bone is like a curve and slanted on the other? I am not a farrier and don’t know if this is how its supposed to look in this last picture but I definitely know that it isn’t supposed to look like this… and I want to know if I can correct it with shoes or somehow just relief pressure of his joints because he limps. PLEASE NO ONE TELL ME THAT I JUST NEED TO TRIM HIM MORE MY PARENTS DO EVERY 8 WEEKS! RIGHT NOW I AM ASKING THIS BECAUSE MY FARRIER IS COMING OUT WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE DAYS AND I WANT TO BRING SOME IDEAS ACROSS AND SEE IF THAT WOULD HELP….! THANKS!

Horseman56 03-28-2012 11:56 PM

Photo angles make this tougher than it needs to be but my first guess is a "tongue-in-cheek" problem known as "right handed farrier's disease".

Left front... low on the inside. Right front... low on the outside. Cause... farrier is right handed. He/she applies pressure on the end of the rasp with his left hand while slightly raising the handle with his right hand then moves the rasp side to side across the hoof plane. The result is medial-lateral imbalance in the hoof, artificial limb deviation, stress on the joints and possible lameness. Long term, such practice can result in premature articular arthritis.

That's just a guess based on the photos and your description.

Get some better photos to remove some of the guesswork.

Step back about 3 feet from the front of the horse and take a photo showing the legs from the knees to the ground. Hold the camera level relative to the ground.

Gently hold each front leg about midway between the fetlock and the knee with the leg held parallel to the ground. Have someone else take a photo of the foot with the camera pointed down and straight across the sole plane. The camera should be looking across the heel bulbs to the toe of the foot and the ground. One photo for each front foot.

Post those photos and we'll talk more.


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