Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Alberta, Canada
Yes pigeon toes are when the horses's hooves turn in on eachother. Depending on the severity there are ways your ferrier can trim them to help turn them out.
My Arab is pigeon toed & it doesn't affect her at all. She walks/trots like a deer though lol.
I use her for gymkhana, barrels, poles, etc and her previous owners used her for jumping & said she had no problems. They generally learn to get around quite well.
The one thing i found with pigeon toes on my mare anyway, was when we were riding in the mountains and going down steep hills, she knicked herself and pulled a shoe once but these were really steep hills with lots of rocks & roots.
"If a horse fails to do something that is because he was not trained to do it. If a horse fails to do something properly that is because he was not trained properly."