I have a four year old Appaloosa. I have ridden horses for years but he is my first horse I've ever owned. Being a new owner, I needed to find a good farrier. I knew a guy who I had heard was a great horseman and a decent farrier. He came up to my barn to give my gelding a trim. I didn't notice anything for awhile but then gradually I noted his front left knee was starting to go a little bonkers.. It is out of line and the only thing I can think happened is the farrier trimmed his hoof crooked (causing his leg to grow wrong.) It doesn't affect his gait at all and he still puts weight on it fine. The only problem is, it's crooked! I bought him unbroke as a training project so I need to know if this is fixable. My area is short on farriers at the moment and being a new owner I'm not at the top of any lists and can't get anyone out to look at him. Do any of you know if this could be fixed using corrective shoeing? I can't find any info about anything like it. Would it be safe to continue his training? The attached photo shows how out of line his joint is. He is at a walk there, sorry I don't currently have an better ones of it... Any help or advice would be very much appreciated!
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