I went to look at a horse today. He’s lovely! Great mover, great mind, great personality, great everything… Except his front hooves were a bit concerning.
His left front has a quarter crack, a vertical bulge that goes from the top of the crack to almost the coronary band, and he has lines all through it… What would cause the bulge? Asked if he ever had an abscess, owner said yes, but he said it was in the other hoof (he could have been mistaken, or we could have heard wrong?).
His right front looks a little bit club footed and also has the lines, but not as bad.
He is 4 years old. Warmblood/Appendix cross. At 3 years old, he was taken out of the big field that he lived in 24/7, and they started feeding him grain and started his under saddle training.
(Sorry some of the photos have a blue tint… My technology-illiterate mother accidentally turned the filter on before she took all the photos)
- Do the lines look like growth/nutrition lines from being taken out of the field and started on feed and getting trained? Or do they look like founder lines?
- What do you think the bulge above the quarter crack could be?
- Does the right foot look club footed to you?
- Would any of these issues be a red flag for you? He moves great. Didn’t look lame at all.
My vet will be out to do a pre-purchase exam next week, but until then, if you guys see any glaring red flags (like “that horse definitely looks like he’s foundered!”), then I will just cancel and pass on the horse instead of spend money on a vet check for nothing.
Thanks in advance!