Hey guys. So I got some bad news today that I'm still working on processing a bit.
I had the farrier come out today to trim my horses hooves and also my filly, Ren, had an abscess in her right hind hoof. He said it was nothing serious and got rid of it quite easily, but noticed something else that I missed. Her hoof is crooked. Her leg is straight and fine, and her ankle is fine, everything's straight and correct. Until you get to the start of her hoof and then you can see she's a bit crooked.
How does this type of thing happen? Her legs and hooves were totally fine at the last trim, so it's been in the last 7ish weeks that her hoof has gone crooked. Is there a way to fix this? I've never experienced this before so I'm not sure what to think or do about it at this moment. The farrier did trim that foot differently so that it would continue to sit flat on the ground and says it's nothing too serious and that she'll still be ridable when she's older, but possibly not do anything more simple trail riding and such.
I had hoped to train her to go into jumping or cross country as she LOVES to jump. At 7 months old, she jumped and cleared a 4 foot snow fence for no other reason, then she wanted to explore the other side. She's jumped the nearly 5 foot gate to one of the pens I'd put her in a while ago, and she cleared that. She's also recently jumped a different part of the fence and had no trouble clearing that. (that was partially because the fence had sagged in that area which we corrected and she can no longer get out of....for now >< )
She pretty much finds every excuse she can to go jump things. Because of this, I figured she'd be a fantastic jump horse when she's older. But now that I found out her hoof is crooked, it seems like that might not be possible anymore. She's not lame, and shows no sign of pain. She still runs and does her usual stuff.
So what are your guys take on it? Should I have a vet come out to see her? I'm just totally lost with this and appreciate any answers you guys can provide as this girl means the world to me and I'd love it if I could help her have a straight hoof again.
Also, will this cause any other long term side effects as she gets older?
Sorry, I didn't get a picture of it today, but I'll try to get a picture tomorrow morning and post it. But here's a pic of her in general anyways.