Re: New Horse Hoof question

Lavinia Fiscaletti

In addition to the info that Jean provided, a club foot is a response to problems further up the leg. In order to attempt to normalize it, you need to find the underlying cause and correct that first. Just trimming the foot to "normal" proportions is not the answer.

It is also possible that the horse isn't actually club footed but has been trimmed into that hoof configuration. Many horses will develop slight differences in the feet, which may be from an injury or just postural differences. Those can be exacerbated by then trimming the slightly more upright foot into an even more upright stance, while allowing the opposite foot to become extremely low, wide and underrun. Each foot should be addressed to keep it as balanced as possible at all times.

Jan 2005, RI

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