Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons
Show where on the Clydesdale Horse Society site they list their breed standards and where it states cow hocks are a desirable trait. On a few of the UK breeders they list, they do have a breed standard list that states "the point of the hock should point inward" as well as "cannon bone to hang straight from the hock to the fetlock". That's not a cow hocked horse. For the toes to stick out at a 45* angle the hocks must point inwards. Add to that, the cannon bones are parallel to each other and the fetlocks are the same distance from each other as the hocks and that's a pretty nice set of draft hind legs. There is not a single cow hocked horse pictured on the CHS site where the hind limbs were clearly visible.
Lets not go down this route. I am not getting into an argument about breed standards. The OP was about should the poster get a draft horse or not. Personally I think no matter what various societies or individuals say about what the breed standard of perfection should be, as long as they are healthy, who actually cares? I love Heavy Horses and both my Clydesdales have 'cow hocks' to some degree and you know what...I couldn't care less if they have or haven't met the breed standard. Both my boys are healthy, happy and very loving. I have no problems and they are both fantastic horses. Incidently, my older boy, I bought from the Secretary of The Clydesdale Horse Society and it was she who pointed out to be the 'cow hocks' and explained why they were desirable in Clydes and not considered a fault.