It is possible to correct a pigeon toed stance with proper trimming.



Here the horse has been trimmed once or twice and still shows the pigeon-toed stance. The inside toes have been lowered to initiate the correction.  As a result, the hairlines are sloping down on the insides (medial side).

  Left Front Prior To Trim                                   A few months’ into trimming

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The thick wall on the left side of the picture on the left (before), is the primary factor causing the pigeon-toed stance. It is a chicken and egg situation of whether it is caused by the horse’s posture or vice-versa, but it can be short-circuited by the ‘intervention’ of thinning the wall.  In the second picture,  the wall thickness has been evened out with trimming, making it more symmetrical. The assymetrical thickness was contributing to the pigeon-toed stanceThe wall separation has narrowed as part of the improvement, as well. Note that the heel points are not yet perfectly aligned; the uneven heel alignment is also a contributing factor, or possibly a result. In any case, lining them up helps the feet adjust to the correct posture. The heel bulbs are decontracting – being further apart in the later photo.

Close-up Views:

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The inside walls have been correctively lowered and therefore the hairlines look somewhat unlevel. The curving and bulged up hoof rings (on the lateral Right) are very apparent in the middle of the hoof, and have reduced further up the foot. This is indicative of a previously unbalanced trim resulting in these rings, and the incorrect stance.

Left Heels Before                                          Left Heels after Trimming

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Before, the inside wall is longer than the outside wall, and both are sloping to the inside. This is a major contributor to the pigeon-toed stance. After a few months of trimming the walls are more even in length as a result of lowering the inside wall repeatedly.  The inside toe also needs shortening from the bottom (red arrow) and continues to require it. The outside wall is beginning to grow outward in the correct direction.

After about six months, the feet are straighter


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The horse does occasionally revert to a pigeon toed stance if not trimmed on a regular schedule, which indicates that the condition is not ‘conformational’, rather, the soft tissue has adapted to the posture and requires time to readjust.