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Re: Re: Re: pre-purchase exams

Hi Michelle
I would say, very cautiously, that you could make some gentle corrections
providing you've got a real good farrier and you're prepared to be patient.
I inherited a 4 yr old arabian gelding (OK, he was a bit younger but joints
probably closed anyway).
He was long in the pastern, toed out and his heel/pastern axis was
completely shot.
We had him 18 months before selling him on to friends.  In that time my
farrier had corrected the heel/pastern axis and his feet were one size
larger in shoes.  He still toed out a bit but because his feet were balanced
the stress on the joints was reduced.
I recommended to his new owners that they NEVER let his feet get long, even
if it meant shoeing every 4-5 weeks, as any length of toe would exaggerate
(sp??) the problem of the long pasterns.
So far this gelding has stayed sound and he completed his first 90kms race
ride in Oct.
Hope this is helpful.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Michelle Rowe" <>
To: "hn.heather" <>; "Maggie Mieske"
<>; <>; <>
Sent: Wednesday, January 26, 2000 9:17 PM
Subject: Re: Re: Re: pre-purchase exams

> > I do however involve him right from the start with a new horse.  Its
> amazing
> > what a good farrier can do over a period of time, even with a mature
> horse,
> > with corrective  trimming.
> So here's a related question.  We have a horse who is 6 and has not
> his LSD training yet.  He's starting this year.  He's an Icelandic horse
> (slower to mature).  He has a lower limb angle deformity - he's quite toed
> out.  His joints have finished closing up (we had him x-rayed).  Since
> takes two years of LSD to develop, does this mean we can make very subtle
> corrections to his angles and try to bring his toes in a bit over the next
> year?  My vet says no, but I wondered if anyone has experience with this
> personally.
> This horse "failed" pre-purchase exams, but we kept him as a trail horse
> my hubby to ride with me while I am doing LSD training on my other horses
> (5-10 miles).  He's on Grand Flex to ward off trouble, if possible.
> Thanks -
> m
> (aka michelle rowe)
> colorado

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