Foal With Hoof Problems

Q: We have a colt that was born April 19, 2009. We have worked with him since he was born. The farrier was out about two weeks ago (in late Sept. 2009) and trimmed his hooves … We are planning to show him in a show next weekend (Oct. 16, 2009). We had him picked up on Oct. 5 to get some “finishing” training and got a call that afternoon from the trainer who said it appeared the colt either had a bad farrier job or he was starting to get a club foot…

Do you think it’s possible for the farrier to fix him and not put him through surgery? If just farrier work isn’t successful, will that make the surgery more difficult? Any information on the surgery? What they do, recovery time, what is involved for recovery … anything?

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