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Ramby 02-01-2008 04:07 AM

clyde hoof description
Daughter has 2 1/2 year old Clyde / TB gelding. When we bought him I was told his feet were in bad shape. (I get advice from people who are recommended as horse people since I wouldn't know a horse from a goat!)

His feet have been trimmed twice, no shoes, barefoot expert. But despite this, his feet look weird to me. Our mature QH has feet that look more like what I expect horse feet to look like. But the Clyde , his feet don't look like they have enough slope. They look like I'd look if I walked around on my fists, it's almost like they come straight down out of his legs. Blunt. Almost a little club footed.

Is this a Clyde thing? Do they have different hoof structure? Will more trimming correct this and how long should it take? He seems to not be in any pain and moves quite freely. Moves so well he ran up a hill and cleared a 4'6" gate that was supposed to keep him in. Nope...over like an antelope....with weird, lumpy feet.

(Daughter, who is hoping this glumphy monster will be a jumper thought this was a briliant development. Less brilliant when your horse goes running up the road like a crazy person and can no longer be contained in your standard five foot fence!)

Stepher 02-01-2008 10:08 AM

Do you think you can get any pictures of them? Then it might be easier for us to tell if there is anything wrong.

HorsesAreForever 02-01-2008 05:03 PM

i agree cause i cant really seem to picture your horses hooves but it doesnt sound good the way your describing it a picture would help

Feathers 02-08-2008 07:43 PM

The way you are describing it doesn't sound very normal to me...however, are you talking about all of his feet or just the back/or front?

Draft horses in general, having bigger feet than light horses, can have a funny look to them (feet wise). It could also be how your farrier is trimming them. But yes, pictures would help!!

Ramby 02-09-2008 02:23 AM

Thanks all.

Yes, photos would be good. We have just got a digital camera now if we could only figure out how to get the battery in...

That plus snow is a foot deep (more actually) and like Daughter said, no point taking a picture of a hoof you can't see! We'll have to shovel a flat spot.

Feathers: it almost seems to me that the horse by your name (is that your horse?) has quite upright feet, like our horse. The hind feet are even more upright and lacking slope. But I will post, or rather have Daughter post photo once we figure out how.

PS . I know they're not feet, they are hooves, this drives daughter crazy! Also when I say, gee your horse's ankle looks puffy, I get all the body parts wrong!

Feathers 02-09-2008 03:29 AM

Yes, those are my girl's 'cloggers'. They're as big as dinner plates and heavier than ever. She's a full blood clydesdale. I wouldn't expect a tb cross to have 'as big' of feet :wink:

Those are her front feet. They actually do have a very nice angle to them. You just can't really see through all of her feathering.

However, her back feet are 'quite' upright. They don't look like a regular light horse's. Are they normal?? Beats my knowledge, my farrier, vet, and trainer have never said a word about them being bad. They're good folk too!! They know their field. I also notice that other draft horses have upright back feet...I've never had issues with her back feet.

I can tell you, however, that not all draft horses have upright feet. I've seen some with pretty slanted hooves. It must depend on the horse, not the breed. :?:

Ramby 02-09-2008 01:15 PM

Hi Feathers:

I feel reassured after reading your post. Just as you say ,our guys hind feet are even more straight up and down than his front. They do not have anywhere near the slant that our quarterhorse has. And I would say the slope of your horse's front and ours is pretty much the same, which is still more upright than the quarter horse. (maybe the quarter horse has extra sloped feet!)

Our farrier has never made a comment about the slope (angle) of the hoof, but they were all floppy and messy when we got the horse. And no, his feet are not as big as a pure Clyde and once his winter coat sheds, I don't think he'll have any feathering. But he has a pretty pronounced knee action, I think a Clyde thing. I will post photos one of these days.

Feathers 02-09-2008 03:33 PM

I think if you think that your boy's feet look like my mare's....then, I think your boy's feet are fine :D

I think it just might be a draft horse thing :wink: I'm not saying my horse's feet are perfect...they could improve!!

I might ask my farrier what he thinks about the upright'ness' of the back feet. I never paid much attention to them to be honest.

But you know, if it is a big problem, we're in the same boat :lol:

Ramby 02-10-2008 10:02 PM


I hope we do NOT find a big problem. I suppose the reason I'm even thinking about this is Daughter wants to use horse as eventer or jumper or some such craziness. I think a horse of his weight should have a big, broad hoof with good angle to absorb the shock of landing jumps. If this horse was destined for light duty trail riding, I doubt his hoof conformation would ever be an issue. But I do think hammering over jumps will break a horse down if his feet are not designed to take it.

Right now, judging with my uneducated eye, it looks a little like asking someone in high heels to go over jump. I just do not like the blunt look, like they would not absorb shock very well. But I might be wrong. Hope I am. He runs and bucks and leaps like a crazy man and never seems sore...although that is not eventing, just silliness.

Do you ride your horse or does he haul? Is this your first draft? What is his personality like compared to past horses you've had? We are finding this young guy full of contradictions, can't decide if he's got a TB mind or a Clyde mind, or will have both in the space of 15 seconds! A bit unpredictable.

Feathers 02-11-2008 11:58 PM

Hi Ramby,

My Clydesdale mare is my first and only I can't be much help there.

I ride and drive her...she is very docile and all around mellow. She can and will 'go' when I tell her to and she is pretty predictable. She's not a type to do something to crazy. :wink: That is, when I drive her.

Riding her is a whole different story...her training has never been strong in riding. However, she is still pretty predictable...

I can say that Clydesdales as a breed, are probably going to be a lot more laid back than a tb...

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