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Help for Club Foot HOrse

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  • Help for Club Foot HOrse

    First time poster, really need your help.

    I have a club hoof horse with VERY poor hoof wall, seedy toe and rotation in his coffin bone, I have had him barefoot for a year and he was FINALLY getting a good bare hoof on the ground, however he recently blew out the toe again and now the sides are gone. This is why I have to have a shoe/pad without nails to protect his sole and not destroy the thin hoof walls on the side. Barefoot shoes don't fit him as his hoof wall is vertical.

    Okay guys, help me with options. I need your wisdom.
    What do you think is best? I too have looked at the casting but am concerned about moisture in the pad I would have to cast to the foot.

  • #2
    1. Get a new set of X rays to determine the current state of the coffin bone's rotation.

    2. Find a qualified farrier in your area to deal with this issue. Preferably one that regularly attends clinics, etc. to keep up with current shoeing technologies. Ask your vet for a referral if needed.

    3. Not ALL horses can go barefoot. Yours may be one of those. The red flags for me were "very poor hoof wall", "seedy toe" and "rotation in his coffin bone". None of those things describe a healthy hoof to me.

    4. What is this horse's diet?


    • #3
      First time poster, really need your help.
      Welcome. I will try to be gentle.
      I have a club hoof horse with VERY poor hoof wall, seedy toe and rotation in his coffin bone, I have had him barefoot for a year
      Moderate to severe club feet rarely go well barefoot. They have pathological changes inside and out that usually require more protection than barefoot can supply.
      and he was FINALLY getting a good bare hoof on the ground,
      A club foot is not a "good foot", barefoot or shod.
      however he recently blew out the toe again and now the sides are gone.
      He may have just self trimmed it to the level of the sole, where the foot really needs to be to be balanced internally for it's pathology. (however that does not also allow the protection needed for the bone inside). Often people try to make the club foot into something it is not by leaving too much toe, which ends up being a flared toe.The natural thing when the toe is flared is to break off. Therefore, some good close up pictures taken from the sides and bottom of the hooves would help to offer advise.
      have to have a shoe/pad without nails to protect his sole and not destroy the thin hoof walls on the side.
      That is probably a prudent idea.
      Barefoot shoes
      That is the best example of an oxymoron I have read is a long time.
      don't fit him as his hoof wall is vertical.
      A good farrier can fit anything with a variety of materials, metal or otherwise.
      Okay guys, help me with options. I need your wisdom.
      What do you think is best? I too have looked at the casting but am concerned about moisture in the pad I would have to cast to the foot.
      Can not advise without seeing the feet. And moisture under a pad is not an issue if the farrier uses one of the many available medicated oily sole packing products underneath it.
      Patty Stiller CNBBT,CNBF,CLS, CE
      Natural Balance Certified Lameness Specialist ,instructor.