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starlinestables 01-22-2010 05:45 PM

Funky Hoof... Frog growing crooked
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I have a Andalusian/NSH cross boarder with a funky foot. Her left hind foot is lower on the outside of her hoof and it causes her to pivot or vise versa.. She moves sound right now despite the pivot.. The farrier has a pad on that side.

However, since this farrier has started shoeing her (which he has actually done a better job than the others) her frog now looks like its growing on the diagonal towards the inside... Any thoughts?

Honeysuga 01-22-2010 06:20 PM

Oh, dear, that does not look good at all to me... You might want to call a vet and just ask what they think it could be in case there is something seriously wrong.

Anvil 01-22-2010 07:28 PM

omg that does not look good the frog never grows crooked its always the hoof around it that moves. the frog is the foundation of foot and the guide line to trim the foot. imagine a strait line from the back middle of the frog to the tip of frog that should line up with center of the toe. starlinestables u can p m me if u want more info

starlinestables 01-22-2010 07:35 PM

Thanks for your input guys... I'm pretty well-versed as far as feet go but I havn't seen this before...

The left side of the pic is the side with the pad.. She has to wear a shoe because of the way she pivots she wears that side down.

churumbeque 01-22-2010 07:56 PM

You shouldn't put a pad on 1 foot. It should always be done in pairs. I am curious what the foot looks like from the exterior. Are you sure your farrier isn't shaving it crooked and not follwing the natural hoof? I say that because the shoe is also pounded flat on that side.

Wallaby 01-22-2010 08:00 PM

Does she toe in at all?
I've seen this before, on both front feet of one poor horse. He toed in very badly on both fronts and it appeared like someone had tried to fix that by trimming his hooves completely normally (or something, I'm no expert that's just what it looked like) and so his hooves looked straighter while his frogs still screamed "I toe in very very badly!".

I'm no pro though, I've just seem it before. That horse did go dead lame 3 weeks later but I don't think that had anything to do with his hooves being like that.

starlinestables 01-22-2010 09:00 PM

She isn't toed in at all.. Maybe slighty cow hocked but only slightly.

And yes you do put a pad on one foot if only one foot is messed up. It's only on the outside ( The blue on the left in the picture)... which is weird. If anything I would think it would grow to the outside instead of the inside.

kevinshorses 01-22-2010 09:10 PM

Maybe you should find a new farrier. It doesn't look like a really good job to me.

Honeysuga 01-22-2010 10:10 PM

^^^ I politely agree.
Her heels look pretty contracted and from the sole view it looks like there is too much hoof... is he working to correct this or is it a typical job by him? How long has he been shoeing her?

starlinestables 01-22-2010 10:26 PM

This farrier is working to correct the problem.. He has only done her once I think.. possibly twice.. The horse's feet were horrible when she came to my barn.. extremely long and under-slung. Also this picture was taken today... it will be 8 weeks the first week of Feb.

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