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post #1 of 3 Old 08-30-2014, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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Opinions please on ponies hooves

Hi Guys
I posted this in the newbie section, but feel its probably better here.

I have just been to look a standard shetland pony for my children.
He is adorable is everyway and the perfect little gent for my children to learn on, but I have one concern with his feet.
He walks fine and shows no sign of lameness, but his hoofs seem to turn at the bottom.
I don't want to go ahead and buy him if its something more sinister than being in desperate need of a trim.
He is due to have the farrier visit in 5 days, so I know he needs a trim, but surely the ponies hooves shouldnt look like this if they have had him trimmed every 6-8 wks. He is barefoot.
I have added a picture where it can quite clearly be seen on his fronts.

Any advice would be gratefully received, thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 3 Old 08-30-2014, 09:57 AM
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Go look at him after the trim. Of he is still sound over gravel right after a trim - he's most likely sound for what you need.
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post #3 of 3 Old 08-31-2014, 02:35 AM
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Can't tell much at all from that pic. Appears his fronts could be flared forward, but other than that, looks good. At least I wouldn't assume bad, based solely on that pic. Nice short looking heels. I don't understand what you mean by 'turn at the bottom', though perhaps the heels aren't short & are actually long but crushed flat. That's not necessarily a biggie at all, assuming a good farrier.
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