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        08-11-2013, 07:48 PM
      #21
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by rodeogirl20    
    Her parents aren't crooked though. Where she was bred I was told she never had her feet trimmed so she grew on unbalanced hooves. I don't think she has a crooked leg gene.
    Poorly trimmed hooves will NOT make her legs THAT bad. Never in your life.

    The people who told you that lied to you so you would purchase her. I will guarantee it. People lie every day to make a sale.

    Get XRays of her legs if you do not believe or trust us. THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH HER LEGS!!!

    Never in my life would I ever breed a horse like this, or condone the breeding of a horse like this. It's unethical and wrong.

    Backyard breeding at it's best.
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        08-11-2013, 08:13 PM
      #22
    Green Broke
    Yikes... You'll be lucky if she stays sound going light flat work! Just curious, what possessed you to buy her?

    If I were you I'd study up on confirmation, and what confrontational traits make for good barrel horses. Buy a 2 or 3 year old and start training or go for something a little older 5 or 6 and start patterning them. Even if you did breed for a baby you wouldn't be able to ride it for 4 year and you wouldnt be starting them on the pattern for 6 years. Tally up all the costs of feeding a horse who can't yet preform for you and the costs associated with pregnancy and having a baby.... It really isn't worth it in the long run. Especially for a horse is/will broken/break down and unspectacular (in the sense of accomplishments, confirmation, etc). There are LOADS of nice horses going for bottom dollar everywhere from auctions to craigslist.
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        08-11-2013, 09:07 PM
      #23
    Trained
    To be honest, these photos aren't the best. Yes, one can see the fronts are not straight. However, in one photo the coloring on the cannon makes the left front cannon look like it is puny, and she appears to be in a "turn" in others. I hope you can post pictures of her squared off in a light background.

    Yes, a bone deformity cannot be arrested at 2. However, it can be managed to the optimum level. I would at least have an expert give you advice on what trimming efforts would be best.

    I, too, wonder why you purchased her. Her troubles are no fault of her own. I do hope you stay committed to doing what is best for her.
         
        08-30-2013, 02:14 PM
      #24
    Foal
    I purchased her because they told me that her leg could probably be fixed, and if not that Thoroughbred breeders pay big money for a horse like her supposedly.
         
        08-30-2013, 02:20 PM
      #25
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by rodeogirl20    
    I purchased her because they told me that her leg could probably be fixed, and if not that Thoroughbred breeders pay big money for a horse like her supposedly.
    They were lying to get you to buy her.

    Did they say why Thoroughbred breeders would supposedly pay big bucks for a QH with crooked legs?
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        08-30-2013, 02:24 PM
      #26
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by TessaMay    
    They were lying to get you to buy her.

    Did they say why Thoroughbred breeders would supposedly pay big bucks for a QH with crooked legs?
    Wow! I missed that post - agreed Tessa, why would a TB breeder want a QH, much less one with crooked legs? Or for that matter, what TB breeder would want a horse with crooked legs, much less a QH?
    Sorry, OP, you got taken for a ride.
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        08-30-2013, 02:30 PM
      #27
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
    Wow! I missed that post - agreed Tessa, why would a TB breeder want a QH, much less one with crooked legs? Or for that matter, what TB breeder would want a horse with crooked legs, much less a QH?
    Sorry, OP, you got taken for a ride.
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    I know QH breeders who like to breed back to TB's for their English horses, but never heard of it the other way around.

    The worse condition a horse is in the more a dishonest seller will lie, because otherwise they won't be able to get rid of the horse.
         
        08-30-2013, 02:47 PM
      #28
    Trained
    Exactly! ^

    OP, you got taken by the peoplepeople you purchased her from.
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        08-30-2013, 03:42 PM
      #29
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    As said, her legs are never going to be straight. Horses grow bone from the floor up via growth plates at the joints.
    The growth plates are actually cartilage which changes into bone as the horse grows.

    Some horses are born with a twisted leg or legs, this can be because of the way they were lying in uterus or, just one of those things. If they are born with noticeable deviation then corrections can be done to alter the pressure on the growth plates. This might be by using plastic shoes or even setting the leg in a cast.

    Other deviations, such as with your mare can be caused through incorrect feeding, causing the growth plates to grow unevenly. I suspect this is what happened with your horse purely because it is both legs.

    if it is the latter then there is no reason as to why she should not be bred from as it is not a birth conformation fault but a man made one.

    I do not like the sound of the people who sold you the filly. They are not telling the truth when they say big TB breeders would be interested in her - what on earth would they want her for?

    I would want X-rays of her legs just to see how much deviation there is between the inside and outside of the joints. Only a good experienced farrier who has studied such problems will be able to help her by shoeing or trimming to alleviate stress on the fetlocks.
    There is no reason to stop her being ridden, barrel racing I would say no because of the stress on the joints when she turns.
    I have had many horses through my hands that have not been straight in the legs. One very good brood mare we had threw all her foals with a deviation of the left front, only one filly was bad enough to stop her from going into steeplechase racing, the others all raced, won and never had any problems. All the fillies went on after racing, to be brood mares and non ever threw a foal with any deviation. The one with the bad leg was also bred from and never had a twisted legged foal, all of which went on to win races.
         

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