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How bad is my horses club foot?
Ok guys. I need to know how bad my horses club foot is. I just got her from auction and I think it's pretty bad. I know her feet need done. The earliest my farrier can get out here is Friday! ;(
I don't know why all these dang photos are posting sideways and upside down! ;(
Here you go, I think I got them straightened out for you.
Actually, while the foot is pretty clubby (I couldn't venture a guess on what grade it might be as the pictures aren't great and I don't know a ton about grading clubs), it's actually the overall crookedness in that leg from top to bottom and the bulging knee on that leg that concern me.
Did you just get this horse? What are your plans for it?
EDITED TO ADD: Looking closer, there are some really major issues going on with this horse's legs, specifically the right. I think, if this horse is new and you're not quite sure what his history our soundness level is, I'd have a vet do a full workup on that leg to find out the extent of all the issues. Not only is that knee just downright ugly, but that pastern is lumpy and crooked too. I don't know whether the club caused the leg crookedness or the leg crookedness caused the club or if that poor horse just got whipped with the "poor conformation" stick as an embryo, but he's got major issues going on...along with severely overgrown feet, but you've already started to remedy that by having a farrier scheduled.
I really have no plans for her right now. She is 2 years old. I got her about a week ago. She has other issues aside from this one. I got her for $35 at an auction. The kill buyer was the only one who bid on her. And he didn't want her for more than $30. ;( I mainly got her to keep her from being shipped for meat. ;(
This is from the day after I got her
I agree with smorbs that horse has got major issues. Think I would of passed on buying that horse.
Having had a horse with a major club, I'm gonna give you a +4 grade on this one. The pastern is real upright and that is one boxy looking hoof. I'm going to say she's always going to be very short strided on the right side, which may not necessarily affect her ridability. If she's got other issues as severe as that foot, she may never be ridable, but just because she's got a pretty severe club doesn't mean she's useless.
Here's a couple of pics of my Odie, she was as bad or worse than this one and she was the most sure footed horse I've ever had the pleasure to ride. She was very game to try anything and a ton of fun to be around. She didn't have any other issues but the club. Never took a lame step.
I rode her all over those mountains in the background. She was catty too, we did team penning for fun once in a while.
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