What you see. The starting point for addressing any equine health related issue is your observation.


Forging, Clicking, Popping Noise of Hind Feet Contacting Front Feet During Movement


Forging is the contact of the sole of the forefoot from a hind foot as it is brought forward. It occurs more in horses with short backs and long hind limbs. It is more frequent when hooves are overgrown. Long toes cause an increased arc of flight and encourage contact between toe of hind foot and sole or heel of front foot.

Forging may not cause much trouble, but it actually can in some cases cause injury. it might also suggest that a horse is likely to trip or make other types of limb to limb contact. So its important to minimize it when possible.

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your role


What To Do

Discuss this problem with your farrier and vet. Take note of whether the sound goes away after trimming. Consider farriery to shorten breakover of both front and hind feet. Consult your vet to rule-out lameness, or if your farrier's approach does not remedy the problem. Take note of when the problem recurs after trimming or shoeing.

your vet's role

By performing physical and lameness exams, your vet rules out lameness, considers the causes of forging and helps you address the problem.
Questions Your Vet Might Ask:
  • Do you notice any lameness?
  • Do you notice any other problems?
  • Is there a new farrier shoeing or trimming the horse's feet?
  • Has anything else changed?
  • Does the problem occur every step or is it only intermittent?
  • In what gait do you notice the problem most?
  • When did you first notice this?

Diagnostics Your Vet May Perform

Figuring out the cause of the problem. These are tests or procedures used by your vet to determine what’s wrong.

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Treatments Your Vet May Recommend

A way to resolve the condition or diagnosis. Resolving the underlying cause or treating the signs of disease (symptomatic treatment)

Very Common
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Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP