I've got a lovely Holsteiner/SelleFrancais filly -2 years old ...that I want to show on the line in some Hunter breeding classes...she's beautiful, correct,lovely mover-only thing is that she paddles slightly with the left front I'm not worried about it in the grand scheme of things...but how much will that count against her in Hunter Breeding in hand classes??
It probably will dock her placings in hand but IME it will not be a problem at all once she is going over fences and on the flat. Lots of top hunters paddle a little. I would be inclined to save that money now and spend it on more shows next year or the year after, in the baby or pre-greens. My 3 year old has a little paddle too, so that's what I did with him. Actually, at 3 he has mostly grown out of it, so it looks like it will be a complete nonissue under saddle.
Common sense should tell anyone/everyone that if it's an act of nature, paddling can't be fixed by a farrier, regardless of how good.
Sadly, common sense is lacking in far too many situations, and for some people who are all about the ribbons, it is absolutely not above them to have a farrier "fix" things to alter the gait, even if it means the horse might be lame later. I'm not implying you do this, but it does remain that far, far too many people do terrible things to horses in the name of a ribbon Given all the other abuses horses endure, 'fixing" feet wouldn't even make someone think twice
But a good farrier can make everything better to a certain degree.
Only if it's the trim that is causing the paddling. If it's the horse's conformation, then he should be doing nothing to change the degree to which the horse paddles.
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