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post #1 of 6 Old 04-07-2020, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Different shaped feet

My gelding has had shoes for 7 years, and aside from really bad thrush when I first got him, he’s never had an issue with his feet. The other day I went to get him from turnout and realized his feet were completely different shapes. I am absolutely kicking myself for not noticing earlier. His feet were not always like this.
I am currently using the barns farrier, he has probably done my guy 5 or 6 times. A lot of people at the barn love him but my friend and I haven’t been over the moon with his work.
Should I send pictures to his current farrier and see what he has to say or just hire someone else?
Is this a big issue or is it an easy fix? I feel awful for not realizing and just want to get this taken care of and make sure this won’t cause him issues in the future
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-08-2020, 01:21 AM
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That looks like a boxy foot, it is not down to the farrier it is down to whoever was feeding the horse as a foal.
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post #3 of 6 Old 04-08-2020, 06:12 AM
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Ditto ^^^. Unless you have fotos to prove otherwise, the LF did not get that way in five or six trims.

On the plus, at least the farrier is not trying to make the hooves match. It is more common than not, to have hooves that donít match.

It would help to find some hoof fotos before the current farrier started trimming and it would also help to see some soles shots as the sole often tells the bigger story:):)
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post #4 of 6 Old 04-08-2020, 08:10 AM
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Top of the foot is different which says that this is not new. May be exaggerated by a trim but I agree with the others. This has been there. Could be from injury or abscess as well from when a foal.
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post #5 of 6 Old 04-08-2020, 08:12 AM
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If I had readily available pictures of my horses hooves and leg shots, my farrier had trimmed my horses feet to his tendons needs, not for appearance of the hooves. My horse has a slightly shorter cannon on one leg than the other, and if he would have trimmed the same on each side, one set of tendons would be permanently stretching.

Hooves are often trimmed for the legs that they are on, not just the appearance that you ideally would want.
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Ditto above, altho 'feeding the foal' is by no means the only reason for this - could be a body issue - and babies often come out of the birth canal a little crooked. Could be that he habitually stands with one foot forward(the right), could be an injury... etc. Can be exacerbated from hoof care. But it is very rarely caused purely because of hoof care.

Looks to me that both feet are flared forward some, and the right is flared around too, but can't say anything for sure with that pic. See the link in my signature line for taking hoof pics if you'd like a critique.
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