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Windhaven

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Hello

For those that know a little about corrective trimming. For a cow hocked horse, how would you trim their feet?

Also anybody that would like to give me their honest opinion on a horse, please e-mail me.

marcy@windhavenfarm.com
 

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For cowhocks you lower the outside of the hoof to straighten the foot/legs. However.....how old is the horse that you want to correct?

Corrective trimming can make quite a difference on foals & even yearlings. Once the horse is 18 months old, though, success is more limited--I wouldn't even do much corrective trimming on one that's over 18 months. On one that is 2 years or older I won't run a correction at all, because by then the bones are set & any correction will just put strain on the joints--by that age what you've got is what you've got, and the horse should just be trimmed to land flat.
 

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Thank you Minimor. That is what I thought. Also the horse that is in question, is going to be a year old in July, but seeing how he is developing I question whether or not he will straighten.
 

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If he is only a yearling you may be surprised at how much he straightens up once he matures and puts some muscle between those legs.
 

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For cowhocks you lower the outside of the hoof to straighten the foot/legs. However.....how old is the horse that you want to correct?

Corrective trimming can make quite a difference on foals & even yearlings. Once the horse is 18 months old, though, success is more limited--I wouldn't even do much corrective trimming on one that's over 18 months. On one that is 2 years or older I won't run a correction at all, because by then the bones are set & any correction will just put strain on the joints--by that age what you've got is what you've got, and the horse should just be trimmed to land flat.
Okay, I'm impressed. Minimor, are you a farrier ?

Only thing I would add is, is the horse actually "cow hocked" or is it toeing out ? A lot of time in foals just strenghtening the muscles will straighten the leg up. A mineral supplement with the correct amino acids will help.
 

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