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Re: RC: Requesting Advice on Gait Irregularity

In a message dated 5/3/99 1:33:27 PM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

<< He was sold back to his breeder and basically has been
 out to pasture and barefoot for the last year.  I had him shod so I
 could try him out.  The vet (and my trainer) sees a slight gait
 irregularity on the right front.  It is not even close to being a
 lameness.  He vetted fine except for this irregularity.  Front ankle
 X-rays are good - everything looks as it should for a horse that age. 
 The vet noticed that the angles of his front feet are not equal.  She
 suggested we have them evened up and see if the problem goes away.  I
 talked to the farrier.  He explained that the horse, having been
 barefoot for so long, and with the right front foot higher heeled than
 the left (he doesn't like to say club footed), wore down the right foot
 more and needs to grow more hoof.   >>

Pass. Often a horse becomes "club footed" because he's staying off that foot. 
Or that leg. There's an injury there somewhere. Maybe it's higher than 
they're looking.


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