I'm terrible at recognizing a club foot, but the right front in the above picture caught my eye. Club foot or just high heels? Keep in mind she is not standing square with it. I'm hoping to buy this horse, but a glance at this picture made me think twice.
Yes, I know, more and better pictures would help! I looked at the horse a couple days ago and noticed nothing, but now went back to emails and this picture I had been sent from the owner caught my eye. Unfortunately, this is all I have unless I drive several hours again.
I see there is a significant difference and also that the angle is the same. Does this mean it's a high heel, or does the angle not have anything to do with it at all?
How are you telling the difference between a high heel and a club foot? I don't know why this is so hard for me to understand!
What angle is the same? The LF angle is lower and the RF angle is steeper. Or are you talking about hooves matching the pastern angles?
The RF HPA (hoof pastern angle) is the same. The LF HPA is also the same but relatively speaking....each foot matches the pastern angle of the leg it is attached to.
Pastern angles can change according to the foot or independent of the foot. The way the RF was positioned in the photo, it matched up. However, position the RF leg differently and the HPA may no longer match up.
I'm going mainly by experience when I suggest that the RF isn't a club foot but simply a high heel situation instead.
I just made additional markings on your photo and found the RF hairline to be at 18 degrees while the LF was at 30 degrees. I did no do toe angles but the RF would be steeper and LF lower. If I were to estimate the toe angles I would put the LF at 45 and RF at between 50 and 55 degrees.
Last edited by Tree; Dec. 6, 2008 at 12:02 PM.
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I'm sure you will continue to do this sort of thing so I will point out that Trinity's horse's foot isn't anything like the one in the photo link you so graciously posted from my photobucket gallery. Tree
I sincerely hope that Trinity's horse never gets that bad!
Here's a composite comparing Trinity's horse to the real clubfoot photo from my album...before it was trimmed to show the condition it was in at that time.