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post #1 of 44 Old 06-15-2019, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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clubbed hoof

I have a yearling pony that has several problems. Let me explain a little about him. Caspian is a one year old, and was an orphan. We got him when he was two months old and bottle fed him cow milk until he was about five months old. We didn't train him much but he was very calm and just grazed in our yard and on the street. During the winter we fed him a bran and oat mash and hay. I have never cared for a horse before so I made some mistakes. In the winter Caspian developed clubbed hoof in both of his hind feet. We have no farriers here so we have to care for his hooves ourselves. they are either stage 3 or 4. He doesn't seem like he is in pain and they don't prevent him from running or doing anything.
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Can you post pictures?
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Need pics.

Some info I've found helpful; [COLOR=Lime][B]www.horseforum.com/horse-health/hoof-lameness-info-horse-owners-89836/
For taking critique pics; [COLOR=Lime][B]https://www.horseforum.com/members/41...res-128437.jpg
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post #4 of 44 Old 06-15-2019, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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hmmm I can't find out how to get them in...
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post #5 of 44 Old 06-15-2019, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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Is there a different way I could send the photos?
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I uploaded some of his hooves, but they're on my own home page thing in attachments. if I put them in an album would you be able to see them? Or should I just post a new thread with them?
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Right below the message reply there's a "go advanced' option where you can upload pictures if you are on the computer.

I don't know if you can from mobile.

You could also put them in an album on your profile and if it's public we can see it!
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post #8 of 44 Old 06-16-2019, 12:31 AM
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In the winter Caspian developed clubbed hoof in both of his hind feet. We have no farriers here so we have to care for his hooves ourselves. they are either stage 3 or 4. He doesn't seem like he is in pain and they don't prevent him from running or doing anything.
Way to go on taking up the reins for trimming yourself! I applaud you. =) It's hard work.

This is what I've learned about club feet: Club foot (hooves that grow more upright and steep) is a defense mechanism/symptom. It's the result of the horse shortening stride, and a horse shortens stride as a way to deal with pain elsewhere in the body. (Aka, he moves his hinds with short, choppy strides at a trot because he's got joint pain or back pain.) Have a professional look at him, be it a vet, chiropractor or equine body worker. You need to solve what's causing the pain first, and then you can start to work the feet back to normal. Club footed horses usually won't be lame because of the club foot - it's just a steeper growing hoof. IF they're lame (and you said he's not lame, so good!), it's due to something else, possibly whatever is causing the club feet.


Just to note: Never let a farrier do any drastic trimming (particularly of the heels) on a club foot horse. The rest of the leg won't be ready for it, and it can cause major damage by pulling ligaments and tendons. A good farrier will know what to do and will make return trips to slowly evolve the hooves back to normal. Or you might be able to do it yourself!

No diet, no hoof. No hoof, no horse. No horse is not an option!
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post #9 of 44 Old 06-16-2019, 12:37 AM
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Club feet on just the hinds is unusual. Def needs pics to confirm. Sure it's not dropped fetlocks? That's more common on just the hinds and can make the angles look off.
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post #10 of 44 Old 06-16-2019, 12:52 AM
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Club feet on just the hinds is unusual. Def needs pics to confirm. Sure it's not dropped fetlocks? That's more common on just the hinds and can make the angles look off.

Agreed. Above post was "in the case that it is."

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