ridecamp@endurance.net: [endurance] horses: uneven leg length

[endurance] horses: uneven leg length

Sue Cunningham (MDPYSSC@fs1.scg.man.ac.uk)
Tue, 9 Jan 1996 08:58:18 GMT

Recently I've had a lot of problems with my 5yr old gelding, with over
long toes causing stress to his joints on his left fore. I'd always
trusted my farrier knew what he was doing. Guess you always learn the
hard way. Anyway, after a couple of sets of remedial shoeing at the
vet clinc, a new farrier was supposed to come yesterday, so we'd been
taking a critical look at Ari's feet and legs. When we finally got him
to stand square, we noticed that his left knee is slightly higher than
his right.

Unfortunatly the new farrier didn't show, so we never got the chance
to ask him about it. So what do you think? Its only slight, and
has never been commented on by any vet or farrier, not even when he
was in for remedial shoeing. He is sound, and his action doesn't seem
uneven. I assume it must put extra stress on him - is there anything
that a farrier could do to help this? His feet don't seem uneven, they
do look like a pair, and we can't really determine where in the leg
the difference is.

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