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  • Turned in hocks in foals
  • Cow hock foals

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    11-28-2012, 09:47 PM
  #1
Yearling
Cow hocks

Can you see from this pic if he is cow hocked? (I know, the picture isnt very good.)
     
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    11-28-2012, 09:49 PM
  #2
Foal
A little bit, not horrid
     
    11-28-2012, 09:51 PM
  #3
Yearling
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Originally Posted by AceIsHigh    
a little bit, not horrid
Would that limit his performance later on?
     
    11-28-2012, 09:59 PM
  #4
Foal
It depends on what you want to do with him
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    11-28-2012, 10:02 PM
  #5
Foal
Do you do very strenuous work(ie reining jumping... Ect)

Cow hocks that are turned in more than slightly are a weakness and cause problems. A tremendous amount of strain is placed on the inside hock joint structures. Bone spavin is common. The pasterns and cannons also undergo an abnormal twisting motion that leads to fetlock joint strain and predisposition to injury. More weight is carried on the medial surface of the hooves, so corns, quarter cracks, and bruising are common. Also, the lower legs twist beneath the hocks when the hooves land, so interference injuries of the lower legs are possible. Speed is deterred since the cow hocks weaken the thrust generated from the hind legs.
     
    11-28-2012, 10:03 PM
  #6
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Allegro    
It depends on what you want to do with him
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Just western pleasure and trail riding and trying to race him against my friends' horses just for fun when he is old enough.
     
    11-28-2012, 10:16 PM
  #7
Foal
He should be just fine :)

My WP horse is slightly cow hockey also, he does just fine :)
     
    11-29-2012, 03:30 PM
  #8
Yearling
Oh, I'd like to do gymkhana, and small jumps in the future. Would that be OK for him?
     
    11-29-2012, 04:06 PM
  #9
Foal
Yep :)
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    11-29-2012, 05:37 PM
  #10
Yearling
Here is another pic.

And here is another:
     

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