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post #1 of 17 Old 01-05-2013, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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do my horses front legs look normal?



Sorry if this is a stupid question.
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post #2 of 17 Old 01-05-2013, 01:13 PM
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They look toe out and possibly knock kneed. I would be curious to see how this horse's hooves are trimmed, because bad trimming can cause the appearance of faults that may not actually be present when the hoof is balanced correctly.

Pasterns are maybe a bit long, which won't go away no matter how this horse is trimmed. Can't comment on pastern angle or whether the horse is straight when viewed side on. Not based on this image.

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They look toe out and possibly knock kneed. I would be curious to see how this horse's hooves are trimmed, because bad trimming can cause the appearance of faults that may not actually be present when the hoof is balanced correctly.

Pasterns are maybe a bit long, which won't go away no matter how this horse is trimmed. Can't comment on pastern angle or whether the horse is straight when viewed side on. Not based on this image.
My horse is still young so I was wondering if the long pasterns will go away? And is he very knock kneed?
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heres a side shot of him. His hooves were trimmed by an experienced barefoot trimmer.
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I see base wide, toed out, slightly over at the knee, and a really straight shoulder. I may see knock kneed, but not sure.
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I have a picture of my boy when we first got him and he was three years old taken from the front right beside my computer. He had a narrow base and looked a bit knock kneed like your boy. The pictures are very similar. He grew out of that gangly stage. He has straight legs now and has never been lame a day in his life and he's 14.
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I have a picture of my boy when we first got him and he was three years old taken from the front right beside my computer. He had a narrow base and looked a bit knock kneed like your boy. The pictures are very similar. He grew out of that gangly stage. He has straight legs now and has never been lame a day in his life and he's 14.
OH good! My horse is one and a half years old, I really hope his legs straighten by the time he matures!
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are straight shoulders a problem?
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post #9 of 17 Old 01-06-2013, 12:54 AM
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Yes, they make for a short, choppy stride.
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post #10 of 17 Old 01-06-2013, 01:00 AM
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I would not worry about his pasterns, he does toe out/splay footed he may widen as he matures. I be sure to have him gelded, and he looks as though he could use some groceries.
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