Does sickle hock effect how much weight a horse can carry?

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Does sickle hock effect how much weight a horse can carry?

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    12-29-2012, 02:19 PM
Does sickle hock effect how much weight a horse can carry?

I just wanted to know if sickle hock can effect how much weight a horse can carry. My neighber has a horse that is pretty sickle hocked and her legs looks like C in the picture. She was a rescue and she is five years old and about 14hh, and also she has never been ridden, but they have put a saddle on her.

Thanks for your input!
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    12-29-2012, 02:38 PM
Ouchie! Poor baby.

Sickle hocks will affect how quickly the horse will break down. Obviously, the more weight the horse carries, the more quickly it will break down and the greater risk of injury to the horse. A horse that badly sickle hocked would last longest as a leadline pony for small children or as a light driving pony.
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    12-29-2012, 02:42 PM
Thanks, Drafty.

The lady that owns her is not heavy at all, but her husband is a big tall guy(about 210 pounds). So that probably would be hard on her wouldn't it?
But she is very calm for her age and her breed(she definatley has arab in her), so maybe grandkids could probably ride her.
    12-29-2012, 03:33 PM
I'd definitely say the husband would be too much for her. As long as the lady isn't doing a lot of "hard" riding (a lot of cantering and such), she should be ok. I would have the owner research sickle hocks and how they affect a horse's soundness before anything else.
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    12-29-2012, 08:50 PM
Ok, thanks.
And also she dosen't ride very often or hard anyway so she should be fine.
And thanks for your answers. :)

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