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post #1 of 10 Old 07-10-2014, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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are tender feet bad ?

Hi im looking for my third horse to buy and the horse im really interested in has tender feet. I want to use him for mostly gymkhana and trail. Should i be worried about his feet? Would he be okay with just shoes?
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Should you be worried about his tender feet? absolutely.
There are so many reasons hooves can be sore. Some causes maybe simple. Some not. Some fixable, some permanent.

Pay a veterinarian to do a pre purchase n exam on the horse BEFORE you buy, it could save a lot of heartaches and expense.
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It really depends on why he is tender. Lameness of any sort should be thoroughly checked out by a vet or farrier before purchase! If it is simply a matter of being thin-soled and "tender-footed" boots or shoes can make all the difference. But if he is suffering from laminitis or severe flaring those are entirely different issues that may or may not be corrected easily.

Never take a seller's word for it when it comes to health issues. Far too many do not care if they are selling you a sick or lame horse. bring your own vet to do a pre-purchase exam.
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Agreed, take a vet you trust to do a full PPE, including x-rays. Tenderness may end up being nothing more than a too-short trim the last farrier visit or recently pulled shoes...or it may be something like low grade laminitis or navicular. The first are easily resolved with a correct trim or boots/shoes. The latter are often continuing, and frequently degenerative, conditions.
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Is he tender on all surfaces? Or is he fine on turf and tender on gravel?

If he's always tender - definitely have a vet prepurchase exam done. If he's tender just on gravel - pay your farrier to do a prepurchase exam.

I've found private horse sellers can be worse than used car salesmen. Never trust their word on a problem.
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Is he tender on all surfaces? Or is he fine on turf and tender on gravel?

If he's always tender - definitely have a vet prepurchase exam done
A VET exam is *always* the best bet before buying any horse, even those who appear sound .

Many issues are not easily visible to the non veterinarian. And many foot AND leg issues can appear different on different surfaces, some not even involving tender feet. As well many horse owners/sellers cant tell the different between "tender feet" and other sources of lameness.
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If he's tender just on gravel - pay your farrier to do a pre-purchase exam.
If a farrier did that, he or she would be breaking the law in most states, potentially charged with practicing veterinary medicine without a license.
Farriers are not vets and at best could open themselves up to a lawsuit because they either missed something inside the foot that the can not be seen without the proper diagnostic tools OR sued by the seller because they killed a sale and are not licensed or insured to be doing diagnostics.

VETS are the only people who can legally do a pre- purchase lameness and health exam.
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Sounds like thin soles.
Shoeing may not help on all Surfaces and the horse may need pads.

Itīs easy to buy a problem.....harder to get rid of it.
There are plenty of horses with good feet for sale.
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Horses that are tender should not be bought, unless you want to just have a pasture pet to feed.

Navicular, thin soled, neck or shoulder problems, anything and everything could be wrong.

Pass.
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Is he tender on all surfaces? Or is he fine on turf and tender on gravel?

If he's always tender - definitely have a vet prepurchase exam done. If he's tender just on gravel - pay your farrier to do a prepurchase exam.

I've found private horse sellers can be worse than used car salesmen. Never trust their word on a problem.
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He's tender on hard surfaces but fine in a soft arena and he wears shoes most of the time if not then he is tender on gravel and paved roads.
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Agree with others, and Palo assuming you don't know what the problem is/have experience or experienced help to rehab him.

BUT 'tender on gravel' is not necessarily an indication of unhealthy feet. As with yourself, you may have healthy feet but if you only go bare inside the house, you're not likely to be comfortable running down the gravel road! If he's shod conventionally though, there is a fair chance that he's got stretched feet & thin soles, weak heels. Therefore there may be remedial work to do, to get his feet healthy.
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