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SkyeMac 02-18-2013 07:17 PM

Lameness due to Short Hoofs?
Recently I went to see a horse at a racing barn whom I really liked as a potential project. He has a build I love and seems like a really sweet horse. However, the poor guy was really really footsore on all feet. They said he was injury free, when I looked at and felt his legs they seemed fine. Obviously if I decide to take him home I'll get my vet to come do a prepurchase and check them as well.

His feet looked really short to me. Not badly shaped or anything, just really short and no shoes. When I talked to the agency he's with they said they'd get shoes on him this week and get that barn's vet to clear his legs for jumping before I spend any more taking my coach to see him or getting my own vet to take a look.

Is it possible that a bad trim and going barefoot after having shoes for 4 years made him lame? Could you guys show some pics of how short hoofs have to be to affect their soundness? I'm hoping that he'll be okay with shoes, if I put them on him and let his hoofs grow out for a while would it be possible to have him go barefoot? Could this just be going shoeless? Obviously I'd consult my farrier on how to keep him pain-free but I'm curious as to if anyone else has been in this situation.

I'm sorry I don't have any pics of his hoofs themselves, but you can kinda see them here.

SkyeMac 02-18-2013 07:19 PM

Sorry I just realized those pics won't work! Again, sorry I don't have any just hoof shots, I hope you can get an idea off this though. Here's a link

Reno Bay 02-18-2013 07:27 PM

Some horses can be a bit tender if they're suddenly barefoot and they're not used to it. Many Thoroughbreds, I've heard, can have sensitive feet and get shoe'd (thankfully not the case with mine). An examination would still be a good thing just to make sure. I might even insist that my own vet look at the horse instead of the barn's, just because you never know...

Celeste 02-18-2013 07:29 PM

He could be sore from a bad trim; however, a lame horse is a lame horse. I would highly recommend that you do not buy somebody else's problem. He is not a prospect for anything other than retirement as long as he is lame.

SkyeMac 02-18-2013 07:30 PM

Yeah, I'm going to bring my own vet out as well. They're just getting theirs and their farrier to put shoes on so neither of us are wasting our time on a horse that won't work for what I want to do.

I'm planning to bring my coach for her approval, then our vet for an exam/prepurchase if he passes with theirs.

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