Riva has a club foot - her right front. It is slight, in terms of degrees, but does need correction in terms of shoeing. Our farrier has been working with her for over a year - she has been in front shoes for a year and just had back shoes put on. Our farrier is a a certified therapeutic farrier and wonderful. He now has her club foot in a full pad under her shoe. I had a long phone conversation with him yesterday as to his reasoning for this and his thoughts.
I have never worried too much about the club foot...but after talking with him, I have all kinds of worries. He was reassuring though - said he has more corrections in mind, just can not change too much, too fast. He said her right shoulder will always be weaker and less muscled and she will short stride her right side. He is working toward making this as slight as possible.
So I have been doing some internet research and that just gets me more worked up! Husband and I talked last night about getting her saddle fit checked. With the reading I have been doing, Riva most likely will need a custom fit saddle to accomadate that less muscled shoulder. Can you see $$$$$'s?
Farrier recommends working her more on the right rein - on the lunge and under saddle - to build that shoulder up. He also said to ask my trainer for exercise ideas - already sent off an email to her.
If anyone has any experience with this - send them my way! I love this horse more every day and want to help her however I can. Obviously, I am not rich and we have 2 other horses to care for. I have dreams of showing her in Dressage and hoping down the road to jump her. Our farrier believes she will be able to handle this - but it is too soon to judge how far she can go, since she is only just turning 4 and has much growing, maturing to do.
Anyone out there have ideas for me!