Club Hooves on Performance Horses is a
serious concern! Something that experience has shown us, comes with
many downsides and we highly recommend you don't flirt with them.
Particulary in the 'Performance Horse'. They detrimentally affect
many aspects of Horse Ownership:
They are normally Born with the condition,
which can be brought on by all manner of things, from Feeding of
Mares to hireditary. This article is only a general warning to you
so we won't get into the technical issues of this.
We all know it takes a lot of work and a
long time to reach the stage of flying changes. Club Hooves or a
Club Hoof can and does often waste all of the effort.
A Horse with a Club Hoof is like a Car with
a different Brand of Rim and Tyre on one Corner, normally a front.
Not only is the Horse not perfectly balanced but it faces more wear
and tear as time goes on. Club Hooves affect Dressage, can produce
one sides Horses, evasive Horses and more. Certainly 'late changes'
is on the Cards.
THE VETERINARY IMPLICATIONS
All manner of unwanted symptoms can arise in
such Horses, like:
Tenderness in the Hoof
Propensity to Absesses
Ringbone, and more
There can be much more management required
and much more expense, to keep a Club Footed Horse working soundly.
They can require special shoes, protective Boots, protective Tips,
Wedges and all manner of other gimiks to keep them from going lame.
In my experience, as a Farrier and a Problem
Horse Trainer, is that if they are going to be managed properly,
they need attention every 3 Weeks when the Horse is probably being
Shod normally at 6 or 8 Weeks.
They normally need a shoe kept on them for
you cannot afford wear of the toe. The Heels have to continually be
Sorry to have to say this but the Breeding
Industry is like 'Dad's Army' in this Country. The can't ride a
Horse, they Breed it, horse goes Lame, they Breed it, Club Hoofs or
not!!!! It happens from the Back Yarders to the Most Well known
Studs in the Industry. It would boggle Your Mind if I could relate
some of the things that I have seen.
You Breed from a Mare with a Club Hoof and
you get a Foal with one. You use a Stallion with a Club Hoof and you
will get Foals with Club Hooves and they wonder why Europe wins the
Here is a so called Top Victorian Stud Sale.
Breeders who Breed
from or to such Horses are ensuring the failure of the Performance
Horse Industry in this Country.
Here we get back to my long held view that
the Hooves of Foals should be checked on Day of Birth as they are
often crooked and trimmed every two weeks from thereon. Club Hooves
can be drastically influenced if done early as can the Crooked Legs
that are allowed to Grow across the Nation. That means
Halter Breaking them on
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