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post #1 of 9 Old 06-24-2019, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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Crooked Hoof in Yearling

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.

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post #2 of 9 Old 06-24-2019, 10:59 PM
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Hopefully it's just that shes growing and shes just in a weird phase.
I was just looking at a friends horse today, when she was a baby she had a turned out hoof and a weird knee. Now that she's 3, it's all normal.
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post #3 of 9 Old 06-24-2019, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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Hopefully it's just that shes growing and shes just in a weird phase.
I was just looking at a friends horse today, when she was a baby she had a turned out hoof and a weird knee. Now that she's 3, it's all normal.
Huh, interesting. Seems kind of weird that they'd do that as they grow up.
Crossing my fingers then that this ends up being the same with her.
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post #4 of 9 Old 06-25-2019, 12:34 AM
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She might straighten out as she grows up. From picture posted she looks a bit, on the hefty side for weight. Not healthy to have young growing horse's fat.
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post #5 of 9 Old 06-25-2019, 03:14 AM
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Don't stress!!

You say she is straight through the leg, pastern, and it's JUST the hoof. Therefore it is most likely fixable through trimming, and possibly also some bodywork.

You say that her hoof was definitely straight last time & she's had an abscess since. Therefore I'd *guess* it's a minor imbalance caused from her weighting that foot oddly because of the pain from the abscess.
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post #6 of 9 Old 06-25-2019, 06:15 AM
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What do you mean by crooked? Toeing in? Toeing out? Is one side her heal longer than the other? My guess is Loosie's explanation is the most accurate. She could also be weighting her foot differently because of pain somewhere else in her body as well. Maybe she twisted herself out in the pasture or got kicked or something.

Honestly, If a yearling's foot is crooked one time in a trim cycle, I think it's a little drastic to declare that she will only be good for walking around trails for the rest of her life.

If she's crooked again before the next trim take a pic of it.
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Did you get new pics? I know the one pic you posted isn't anything to go by from the angles, but it looks like she could be standing with her right rear in underneath her?
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Thank you everyone for your input. It's definitely helped me calm down a bit to know this isn't necessarily as serious as the farrier may have led it to seem to be. I was running behind this morning, but I did manage to get a pic of her hoof. It's a little hard to see since she has dirt in there, but the farrier pointed out the direction of the frog is going in, when it should be pointed straight with the rest of her leg when being held up. When standing normally, I don't really see it. But part of that is also because he trimmed her foot so that it would sit level on the ground.

When she was younger, she was slightly pigeon toed in the back, but as she's gotten older, she's straightened out, and then this. So I guess, taking that into consideration, I could see this being a result of her growing and the abscess being a cause for a bit of crookedness. Hopefully it grows out like you guys are saying. But otherwise, she's not favoring that leg at all. I've watched her walk and run around and she has no problems with it.

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post #9 of 9 Old 06-26-2019, 09:25 AM
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I wouldn't really trust a farrier to diagnose a problem that is his responsibility. Don't be your own lawyers sort of thing. It's easy for a farrier to say the horse has an issue when they are the ones inadvertently causing the problem with their trimming. Consult a vet before you get too worked up.
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