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    08-06-2013, 02:38 PM
  #1
Foal
Crooked legs

I just bought a 2 year old quarter horse mare this weekend. She has crooked pasterns. I bought her to barrel race with but not sure if this can be corrected. I 'm not sure if she should barrel race with this issue. I would not start running her till she's four. As you can tell by the pictures she can still run around and do rollbacks. Her right leg is almost straight now and her left leg is better than this in the pictures now. But still crooked.
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    08-06-2013, 03:53 PM
  #2
Yearling
What will you run into is arthritis, I cannot speak about if it can be fixed if that is how she is then not much can be done about it. Now good trimming is as an absolute must as she is still growing so maybe she will straighten out a little. A good farrier will know how to trim her to keep her balanced.

I have an 18yo gelding he was born pigeon-toed and cow hocked not extreme and less then ideal. I have barrel raced him since he was a 6 years old and just recently have really had issues with arthritis in his knees. This is his last season and he will be retired to a trail only horse. So just don't push her and let her finish growing. If she cannot do barrels then maybe she will make a great trail horse.
     
    08-06-2013, 04:44 PM
  #3
Yearling
At 2 years old, the lower leg is what it is. Do NOT allow anyone to try to "fix" this with trimming or shoeing or make it "look" better. What that will do is make it worse. It is imperative that the horses feet be trimmed and balanced to the live sole.

I think arthritis is very likely at a younger age if this horse is ran hard. Also possibly interference injuries or things of that nature. This would not be a horse that I would choose for high impact events like barrel racing or jumping etc. It is one thing for a horse to run around an play on its own. It is a complete nother to train and event a horse in a high impact sport with less than ideal conformation for that sport. Breakdowns will happen much more frequently in horses with conformation problems vs a horse with ideal conformation for an event.

Perhaps if you are not a hard competitor or do not run alot and do other things like trail ride and so forth, this horse may do fine. However if you run every weekend, I would find another horse personally.
     
    08-06-2013, 04:46 PM
  #4
Showing
She's too old for it to be fixed in any way. At this point, all you can do is keep her feet balanced for what they are and for what her legs are. I can only see the right leg decently, but the entire leg is crooked, not just her pastern.

I would be hesitant to use her for something as physically stressful as barrels. While she might be able to stay sound and not suffer injury, she'll be very prone to arthritis because of all the torque being put on joints that are out of alignment.
     
    08-06-2013, 04:54 PM
  #5
Green Broke
I would not have bought that filly with the intentions of barrel racing. Barrel racing is very hard on the joints and legs, and it's better to start with a sound and correct horse.

However, I'd be interested to see what the INSIDE of her pasterns look like. Her bones might be correct on the inside, or they may be crooked as well.

I'm going through a similar issue with my 7-yr-old right now, who I"m training for barrels. I've had him just over a year, and a couple months ago he developed a very slight limp at the trot. He is put together pretty nicely, besides being a little bit pigeon-toed (but not bad). Took him in for a lameness eval and I find out he has crooked pastern joints on the inside on the X-ray ...... outside confo looks just fine.

So we're experimenting with wedge shoes and pads right now, and so far he's holding up.

If I had known he had this problem when I bought him, I would not have bought him (because I want to barrel race). But it's only emerged now, so I'm going to see if he can stay sound for barrel racing. If not, I will find him a new home with a career that's less stressful on the joints. Time will tell.

Anyway, you certainly can try with this filly, but be prepared to spend a lot of $$$$$ on vet lameness visits and farrier work. Is it worth the $$$? Maybe. If it's not, and if you don't have the $$$, I would find a different prospect that is structurally sound.
     
    08-06-2013, 09:30 PM
  #6
Trained
Not a horse I ever would have purchased to barrel race. Did you see her before the purchase? Did you have xrays done? Even at a local level she probably will not be successful and your going to ruin her. Not a good idea.

If she was mine, I would spay her too. She should never be bred due to this condition.
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    08-07-2013, 06:08 PM
  #7
Showing
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Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
If she was mine, I would spay her too. She should never be bred due to this condition.
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I haven't spoken with my vet,so I don't know how easy or available spaying for horses is. I know it's commonly done on cattle but I would assume it's different for horses as I've never seen a spayed horse.

Though, when Talyn gets old enough to be a riding horse (providing she makes a decent one that I want to keep or sell), I'm going to talk to my vet about having her spayed. She's darn sure a sweetie, but not a horse that needs to reproduce...ever LOL.
     
    08-07-2013, 10:20 PM
  #8
Trained
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
I haven't spoken with my vet,so I don't know how easy or available spaying for horses is. I know it's commonly done on cattle but I would assume it's different for horses as I've never seen a spayed horse.

Though, when Talyn gets old enough to be a riding horse (providing she makes a decent one that I want to keep or sell), I'm going to talk to my vet about having her spayed. She's darn sure a sweetie, but not a horse that needs to reproduce...ever LOL.
I've known of a few hormones to the extreme types of mares that were spayed. And then a few genetic mess types as well. Around here, Its not common, but not uncommon...if that makes sense. LoL.

UnlessI was keeping a horse with extreme flaws for myself, I wouldn't mind if it was spayed or not. But if I ever had intentions of selling, it would be responsible to spay them because you just never know what others might do once the bill-of-sale changed hands.
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    08-07-2013, 10:30 PM
  #9
Showing
Yeah, the only reason I'm considering it for her is

1) If I keep her, she may end up being a suitable kid/beginner horse and I hate mares for that as you can never be sure which dumb butt brought an unmanageable stud to the rodeo/parade/trail ride where we happen to be at. One of my greatest fears about kids riding horses is one of them being on a mare in heat when some idiot loses control of his stud and the stud mounts her with the kid aboard.

2) If I sell her, in spite of all her conformational flaws, there would be some dumb butt out there that would want to breed her simply because of her markings.
     
    08-07-2013, 10:34 PM
  #10
Trained
^^^ Exactly.

OP's mare is a good looking horse in practically every other way. Short back, nice build, thick hindquarter, good shoulder. Adorable face. Its just those front legs. I wonder if in the womb, she wasn't positioned correctly. I'd be curious to see the sire and dam.
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