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  • Filly feet cow hocked
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    02-12-2013, 08:45 PM
Like others, I don't see clubbed feet.

When my mare was a filly she was slightly cow hocked. It bothered me. The old timers say run them on hilly pasture. So, I did. That effort, in fact, helped. One could argue it would have occured w maturity anyway - and that may be so. I also have a very strong suspicion my girl is part akhal teke, which is one breed where a "slight" amount is accepted and very common. I imagine as your girl matures and muscles it will improve.
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    02-14-2013, 05:39 AM
A lot of farriers that trim improperly fall into one of two camps: trim the feet tall and boxy or else let the toe run forward and the heel collapse under. Your filly appears as if someone has been trimming her tall and boxy. They have not taken the heels down enough. This is why she appears to have steep, clubby feet.

Many times cow hocks are caused by medial/lateral imbalance in the hind feet. Most common is for the inside heel to be left taller than the outside one. Take a look at your horse's soles. Is the sole on one side of the frog wider than the other? Does one heel bulb seem wider than the other? Those are signs of medial/lateral imbalance caused by imbalanced trimming. Most horses will stand with the weight more on the narrower side of the sole since the other side has a run forward heel.

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