For a Thoroughbred she has a pretty poor front end. Her shoulder is OK but her point of shoulder is a fairly closed angle and her front legs are set way under her as a result. Her front legs are light on bone (even though she is not a large horse). Her feet look a bit low in the heels in the front so she is "slipper footed."
Another reason she is putting her front feet under her is, as you state, she seems to be having trouble using her back legs. In the first photo she appears to be standing a bit wide behind but fairly normal.
In the second photo she appears to hve her hnd feet almost crossing.. like she about to fall down (or catch herself from falling and about 15 seconds). Her right hind leg looks as if there is some nerve damage.. perhaps up in her back.. and the lack of muscle tone and the inappropriate way she holds that leg indicates this to me.
In the last photo she has her right hind leg is twisted.. but I do not believe it is structural as in the bones not being right.. it looks again more like nerve issues. It is almost like she cannot control or feel that hind leg very well. If that is the case she won't be able to pick up either hind foot well as there is a overall weakness in that right hind. She also probably won't exhibit truly lame.
This is a horse I would NEVER have in a stall for fear of her becoming cast.. in fact I wonder if that or a trailer accident is not how she got to be in this condition (NOT blaming you.. just wondering). I would have her out on grass with no other horses around.. and I think I would have someone look at her back. I would make sure she had plenty of high quality hay and grass.. moving around naturally cropping short grass (short enough that she MUST move) might do her a world of good. A chiropractor might as well.. but I would do some nerve tests on her hind legs.
If that back issue... probably right across the hips or infront of the point of croup.. were resolved I think she might be a nice little horse.
Just a quick question. Does she ever knuckle over on a back leg at the fetlock joint when she is walking.. like the foot gets caught in a backward postion and then she rights it? That is one sign of nerve issues or nerveinjury/pinching.
There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. ~Winston Churchill
) Dinosaur Horse Trainer
Last edited by Elana; 02-27-2012 at 07:25 PM.