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post #1 of 19 Old 02-07-2012, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
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Funny looking front leg?

My mare is a 5 YO TB and when she was younger she had funny looking knees. She has pretty much grown out of it and looks almost normal. My only concern is that if I try and do anything to strenuous it with damage her. I have been doing light work almost every day for about two months and I havn't seen any lameness or soreness anywhere she just looks funny.


I was wondering should I get a scan by the vets just to see what I should and shouldn't be doing with her? (BTW its the off fore that im concerned about)



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Can you provide some conformation photographs please I.e. Of her standing square with photographs from the front and sides

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^ Agreed, those pics would be nice. If there is any doubt though I would definitely get a vet out to give you a final opinion.

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Yeah I'll get some up tomorrow
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I look at that off front in both photos and I want to see her legs from the front, set up square, camera at knee level. I want a photo of her facing to the right set up square as well.

From the photos you have here I see back at the knee (severely) in the top photo and the entire off leg rotated counter clockwise with the elbow out in photo number 2. Very interested in seeing the photos I mentioned.

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Sorry guys this is the only one I could get so far because when I took the side on photo it looked as though it worked but then there were pink and green lines all through her legs....... figures..... I can get another tomorrow when I go see her.

Hope this one helps though

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For whatever reason, it appears as if the right front leg is rotated to the outside at the elbow and through the radius to the knee. It appears that the connection between the radius and the carpus (knee) has flattened and bone spurs have formed as part of remodeling.

The rotation may start at the elbow, or it may start higher up through the humerus and the scapula of the shoulder.

In the moving photo facing on (2nd photo from the top) you can see the rotation of the leg and how her toe points in.

A photo from the front, like the last one you posted, that is zoomed out a bit more showing the chest and all the way to the feet would be good.. and having her stand on a flat hard surface, such as asphalt or concrete would also be good.

A video of her walking toward the camera and then another walking away.. same with trotting as well as a side shot video would also be helpful.

All that being said, you really do need a vet to look at this and give you a proper diagnosis of the problem. I would think, just from the standpoint of basic physics, that a horse with this much rotation would have real trouble if jumped or used hard..

..That being said, some of the crooked horses out there in the US on the track that were big winners included horses like Exterminator, John Henry and Seabiscuit.

Get a vet to look at this. IMO there are not corrective measures you can take to fix this.

This is a horse that I would have an Equine vet come and look at. She is not lame now l

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She isn't lame and hasn't been at all because of that leg but I think if I do try jumping it will damage her. O am aware that there is probably minimal things I can do with her but with all the work I have done with her lately and there is no show of soreness.

She did get looked at two years ago as a three year old and the vet said that there was no real problem but I can get a video from the side

She is very wide at the chest an the royston does start at the shoulder I have noticed.
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This is the link for the video of her trotting on the side..... im unable to get the rest of what you requested for the time being....Im sorry the quality is bad I only had my phone available for use

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She isn't lame and hasn't been at all because of that leg but I think if I do try jumping it will damage her. O am aware that there is probably minimal things I can do with her but with all the work I have done with her lately and there is no show of soreness.

She did get looked at two years ago as a three year old and the vet said that there was no real problem but I can get a video from the side

She is very wide at the chest an the royston does start at the shoulder I have noticed.
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Haha I mean rotation does start at the shoulder I believe

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