Not sure if This is the right section, but I was wondering how one would describe the degree of sickle hocks my horse(the bay roan) has. Are they terrible? slight? possible future problems ect....Also, I posted his and his sister's(the gray mare) pic on a different forum and this was the response I recieved, and I just was wondering if anyone else on this forum felt the same.
"I can see some promise in the grey but her feet are a disaster. No two are the same and all look to have a slightly off angle. In one pic the near fore is long, has way too much heel, is underslung to the 9's and there is a LOT of stress on the deep flexor. The Off fore is the exact opposite. WTH???? Someone who has a clue how to trim needs to come out and reballance this gray's feet. It may take a few trims. Until she can get ballanced up I'd go easy on her.
While you have the farrier out please check your roan. I'm not trying to be mean but your 5 year old roan looks like a 2 year old. There isn't sufficient muscle on this horse to collect. Have you checked teeth, kept up a deworming program, perhaps thought of adding grain to their daily food intake?
( I am going to post the same pics so you guys see the same things.)
Also, I have their feet done by the farrier recommended by my trainer and have never heard any complaints from any of the others who use him. I worm regularly, wolf teeth pulled and teeth floated whithin the last 4 months, and they are fed a pelleted form of 70/20 alfalfa bermuda, twice daily. they are on a regular psylium schedule, and I feed platinum performance as a supplement............Just not getting any feedback elsewhere so I thought I'd try here......
Their pedigree can be seen at allbreedpedigree.com/LZM+Toby+Hancock, and leg problems in there.....?