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littrella 05-17-2011 08:00 PM

mini hoof question
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Ok, I know NOTHING about mini's, so I don't know if this is normal or not. This mini is 3 weeks old and to me the feet do not look right. Can anybody give me some insight?

fuadteagan 05-17-2011 08:10 PM

somethings way wrong. I should ask Taylor_ mmm. He is a sorta farrier that is such a great person. He works with minis on his farm, Little Hooves. He has like 6 minis.

mbender 05-17-2011 08:17 PM

Looks weak in the pasterns. You may have to consult your farrier and your vet. Needs attention soon though.
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smrobs 05-17-2011 08:36 PM

The best person to ask would be Chey_Aut as she has extensive experience breeding minis, but I agree that it doesn't look right. It isn't terribly uncommon to see that on newborns but I believe it normally straightens itself up within the first few days at most. I would have the vet and farrier look at it. Cute little guy may need some corrective trimming/shoeing or braces or something.

The sooner you get it looked at, the sooner some treatment can be started and the better the change that little guy/girl will begin to grow correctly.

littrella 05-18-2011 09:54 PM

The mini in the picture isn't mine. He is from the farm where I am getting my donkey colt. They have 3 mini babies this year that all have feet like this. This is the first time they have breed their own stallion so I was wondering if this might be something genetic passed down? I plan on asking them the next time I go out but kinda wanted to know what I was talking about before I started asking questions

Magaidh 05-18-2011 10:15 PM

Her feet are VERY long. I've never seen this much growth or under-running of heels on such a young foal before, but she is definitely in need of a trim.

Obviously she's not THIS far-gone, but you can see the comparison, of the heels traveling ground-parallel and eventually becoming longer than the toe:

WickedNag 05-18-2011 10:23 PM

Needs a trim by a very good farrier... our first mini we bought was the same way... farrier was not taking off enough. Finally he has decent hoofs with a new farrier!

Magaidh 05-18-2011 10:26 PM

This baby's feet appear to have been freshly trimmed, and are a reasonable length (though the heel still looks a tad high to me), for reference:

fuadteagan 05-19-2011 11:00 PM

I asked a mini breeder and this does happen, nothin to worry about, she is asking Taylor but said that this does happen.
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Borkus 02-01-2012 10:32 AM

I seriously hope this poor pony got help. This IS something to worry about! When a horse/pony is this young we can fix them, but as they grow older the epiphyseal growth plates closes. The 2nd Phalanx closes around 3month, and the 1st Phalanx closes at 6month. The growth pattern of the leg can (and will) be affected by the distribution of weight on the cartilage.
This one is in need of a very good trim and some plantar and palmar extensions. For more information on this, google: tendon laxity
(and please excuse my poor English).

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