I have a question that I would like some advice with. I have an 19 month old QH
colt that has suddenly started to show signs of having a slightly contracted
heel. When I say contracted, I mean contracted as in his heel does not spread
out (side to side) as his other heels do. In other words, it is contracted
inward side-to-side and consequently his foot does not appear to be as large as
his other feet.
I called my Vet, and he examined him about a month ago. He maintains that there
is no sign of a deep flexor tendon problem, which he said can cause this type of
condition. He suggested that I have my Farrier check him out. (By the way, I
have been t*** him myself, so the Farrier has never actually worked on this
The Farrier says that he has a slight club foot and will always be that way! He
says that we should wait until he is two, and put bevelled shoes on him to force
the heel out.
My question is will waiting this long be the right thing to do. Has anyone ever
seen this before, and if so, is there anything I can do about it before he is
fully developed? My gut feeling tells me that I should address this problem as
soon as possible. Any advice you may have would surely be appreciated. If you
still have questions after reading this post, please email me at
Thanks, in advance, John.......