Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Club hoof ---- I forgot to address that <sigh>.
My Rusty has a less-than-grade one club hoof that we know is genetic because I have his papers.
He has hooves like a goat, so has been trail ridden barefoot most of his life.
What does happen with his club hoof, is the toe wears down to the white line and a club hoof always tends to grow an extreme amount of heel. These horses need trimmed more frequently.
Rusty is coming 22 and has been with me since he was 2-1/2. What has happened, over the years, is that the opposite shoulder/leg muscle has become 1/2 inch longer to compensate. The vet measured him, so I'm sure about that, lol.
Club hooves are more prone to thrush on a good day and if not properly trimmed will develop not only a toe crack on the club hoof but a toe crack on the diagonal rear.
Meaning, you will find out just how a good a farrier isn't when they can't keep a minor club hoof like Rusty balanced.
I currently have an excellent farrier working in him and the kicker is this kid's never been to formal school, yet he has a complete understanding and gut instinct as to how Rusty needs trimmed.
Rusty bouts with thrush have also been very minimal since this young man started trimming him, 3-1/2 years ago. He still needs a spray of Banixx 10:1 over the other horse but most of that is me spraying his frogs, just because.
Rusty is a Tennessee Walker, which further complicates things, so he doesn't lose his champagne-smooth running walk.
Those few times Rusty did wear shoes, he would manage to hook a front shoe on something out where all the rocks are. They are better off being barefoot and wearing proper fitting hoof boots for riding.
Me personally, would not deal with a club hoof worse than Rusty's, as I can well imagine it might beget other structural issues.
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I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.