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In 2005 I adopted a filly when she was just 12 hours old because the vet thought that she was a dwarf Miniature Horse. I am thinking that perhaps she is an Achondroplasia type dwarf, but not sure, it will be interesting to see how she matures.

Anyway, this filly had one front leg bent back when being born, the breeder was able to get her leg out in front of her and get her delivered, but it took her a long time, and she had to pull very hard on her legs. The filly had very crooked front legs, her knees were swollen and she was over at the knees. She also had tendon laxity in her back legs which left her walking on the bulbs of her heels instead of her hooves. The vet trimmed the "baby slippers" off of her hooves when she was about 12 hours old, but this is what her back legs and hooves looked like when she was only 21 days old.

I took her up to Texas A & M to have Dr. Honnas trim her for me, thinking that perhaps she would still have to wear the shoes after her trim, but as you can see in the next picture, she was up on her hooves perfectly and did not have to wear her shoes!

Toy's front legs & hooves before her trim

Toy's front legs & hooves after her trim

Toy after her trim at 21 days of age.

It is my opinion and Dr. Honnas', that many farriers are not nearly aggressive enough when trimming foal's hooves. I took my camera with me and took step by step photos of Toy's trim.

I am including these pictures in hopes that it will help people and farriers to trim their foal's hooves correctly; as you can see it can make a world of difference in these babies!

Toy's Hoof Trim

Now if Toy had also been rolling over to the side of her hooves, I am sure she would have had to wear shoes, but she would have still needed to be trimmed correctly, like this, before the shoes were applied to her hooves.

Toy is not over at the knees nearly as much now at 3 months of age, and she is still up on her back hooves perfectly.

Update on Toy: 1/2006
As little Toy matured, it become obvious that she is indeed an Achondroplasia type dwarf. She has continued having some problems with her tendons contracting in her front legs, especially the right one. Her heels grow at a very fast rate, but not her toes, and I have to admit that I was not aggressive enough in keeping her heels lowered on her right front hoof, but the left hoof was doing fine!

Toy at 7 months old November 2005

Here's a picture of Toy's front legs before I made a toe extension on the right front hoof with the SuperFast glue. As you can see, the left hoof had improved greatly!

January 2006

Here is her right front
hoof with the extension on.

After 1 week of having the toe extension on, I took Toy back up to Texas A & M and asked Dr. Honnas to trim her hooves for me again. He lowered her heels on the front hooves, but left the toe extension on, and said to leave it on for a couple more weeks. I think applying the toe extension before taking much of any heels off for a week, was good; as it was a more gradual change for her

Toy's right front hoof with her heels lowered and the toe extension still on. She is continuing to improve.

Toy at the age of 6


Unfortunately, I lost my little Toy in July of 2011, do to internal bleeding, which my vet thought was most likely due to a tear in her aorta.


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