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post #11 of 17 Old 01-06-2013, 07:02 AM
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Knock knees and toe out can be corrected to a degree in a young horse - 1 1/2 is getting a little late but it's not TOO late... yet. Barefoot trimmers are great for some horses and not for others, and the majority of barefooters don't know what they're doing when it comes to corrective work like your boy needs to get him straightened out. SOME do, I know two very good barefoot trimmers who do corrective work regularly, but most do not.

He isn't BADLY knock kneed, if he is at all. Toe out can cause the appearance of knock knees, as can incorrect hoof balance [incorrect hoof balance can cause both] but the problem with these leg faults is that they cause the hoof to grow and wear in such a way that it will not self-correct. He really needs corrective trimming if you want to straighten him out.

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post #12 of 17 Old 01-07-2013, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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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.
Did you do any corrective trimming? Would you mind posting the pic you were talking about?
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Could he(my horse) have offset knees?
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Okay, I have it scanned but I have to figure out how to post pics on this board and I'm new here and not overly computer savvy. If you tell me how I'll post it.
Honestly, my picture looks almost the exact same and he was older than your guy. Your guy might be a bit toed out on his front right, or it's the way he's standing, but he might grow to be quite straight. He is a bit over at the knees but it's not bad at all. He really does look like he's at the age where they look somewhat awkward. He has a nice, low hock set, his shoulder could have more angle but it's fine. More angle should make a horse smoother to ride but there's plenty of nicely angled horses out there that are rough and straight shouldered horses that are smooth. There's no guarantee.
If he were mine I'd try not to worry and wait and see how he's going to turn out. He's just a little guy right now but he's probably past the age where farrier work is going to help and it might even be a negative. There are very few perfect horses out there as far as conformation goes. I bet in a couple of years he'll be really lovely and he'll be just fine.
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Okay, I have it scanned but I have to figure out how to post pics on this board and I'm new here and not overly computer savvy. If you tell me how I'll post it.
Honestly, my picture looks almost the exact same and he was older than your guy. Your guy might be a bit toed out on his front right, or it's the way he's standing, but he might grow to be quite straight. He is a bit over at the knees but it's not bad at all. He really does look like he's at the age where they look somewhat awkward. He has a nice, low hock set, his shoulder could have more angle but it's fine. More angle should make a horse smoother to ride but there's plenty of nicely angled horses out there that are rough and straight shouldered horses that are smooth. There's no guarantee.
If he were mine I'd try not to worry and wait and see how he's going to turn out. He's just a little guy right now but he's probably past the age where farrier work is going to help and it might even be a negative. There are very few perfect horses out there as far as conformation goes. I bet in a couple of years he'll be really lovely and he'll be just fine.
Thanks! You can upload the picture on photobucket. I upload all my pics on photobucket and I love it because it is FREE! Its very easy to sign up and when you have uploaded the picture, copy it and post it on here-

Just press this button(its located above the space where you type the message- where all those buttons are) and enter the link, and post. I hope my instuctions are clear enough because I'm not too good at giving instructions.
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post #16 of 17 Old 01-08-2013, 09:46 AM
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I think I've put the picture here but I guess I won't know until I post the reply. Here goes.


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post #17 of 17 Old 01-08-2013, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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I think I've put the picture here but I guess I won't know until I post the reply. Here goes.

Ok thank you so much! Sweet boy by the way!
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