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post #11 of 17 Old 02-18-2008, 05:01 PM
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I also agree with Kyani. I agree with Sara too, but it might be hard to tell if it is conformational or birth related.
Yes, this is true. I'd at least want to see horses back as far as the grandparents (preferably greatgrands) on both sides, which can be difficult sometimes. Possibly a vet could tell the difference, but I'm not really sure on that point....if its a subtle defect, maybe not. I do agree with most of the posters that its better to be safe than sorry.
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post #12 of 17 Old 02-18-2008, 10:42 PM
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I also agree with Kyani. I agree with Sara too, but it might be hard to tell if it is conformational or birth related.


Yes, this is true. I'd at least want to see horses back as far as the grandparents (preferably greatgrands) on both sides, which can be difficult sometimes. Possibly a vet could tell the difference, but I'm not really sure on that point....if its a subtle defect, maybe not. I do agree with most of the posters that its better to be safe than sorry.

Totally agree what has been said.

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post #13 of 17 Old 03-07-2008, 01:38 PM
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Was the mare born with the offset leg? If not, and it is because of poor care as a weanling or yearling, then you have a good chance that she will not pass it on. Make sure the sire is nice and straight and all his previous foals are straight also.
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post #14 of 17 Old 03-07-2008, 03:27 PM
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But the other hand I must tell you that my spotted riding pony stallion had offset legs too when I bought him at 6 months and after three times the blacksmith made his roof, and no he has straight legs.
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Sorry, I meant "hoof"
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post #16 of 17 Old 03-10-2008, 12:53 AM
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My previous broodmare had an extremely offset cannon (think this is what you are talking about) where instead of coming from the middle of the knee, it is to one side. The hoof tends to go pigeon toed to compensate for this.

Anyway, I wanted to breed from her and besides the leg she was beautifuly built. So research was done and I found that none of her parents/grandparents/siblings etc had this problem so we decided that it was a birth defect.

She bred a stunning filly with very correct confirmation.

On the competition side of things, if the cannon is crooked, I would tend to steer away from jumping as it would put stress on a 'weak' leg. Just my thoughts :)
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post #17 of 17 Old 03-27-2008, 03:29 PM
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We own a horse we had gotten from my wifes granny , he was out of a mare she had raised and a stud from a friends of hers. Well her granny sold the horse to my wife as a stud for me to use , now her granny is ok but she just is breeding nuts always wanting a baby to play with but don't do anything with any of them , But my point is this colt was 3 when we got him and the minute I looked at him and him mother I knew he was going to be gelded . The mare as well as the stud both have turned in front legs. Yet they bred them 4 different times and all 4 have turned in legs . We gelded this horse and with a lot of money in his shoeing and trimming we have his legs a lot better but I like to run my horses bare foot , which is not an option with him as he just turns back in more the older he gets . If not for his front legs he is super looking but not a good usefull horse we use him for small kids to learn on at this time and I don't know what will be the long term use of him will be do to the bad breeding for them to just have a foal here in fact all the horses she owns 6 of them are not rideable in fact till I started working with them you couldnt even lay a hand on them to doctor them or worm them they are all on the wild side and very poor conformation, Breeding good horses to good horses is the only way to breed. They don't have to be top guns if you are keeping them for your self but they need to be in good conformations just in case you do need to sell one
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