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    03-11-2009, 01:33 AM

I have a 9 year old arab/appy cross mare that is "coon footed"..I am wondering about this..

I first saw her when she was neighbors had bought her from a sale barn and broke her..then they traded her for some hay to a guy that lives down the road from me.At age 7 he bred her..Her feet were not like this until I got her at age 8.

I have rode does not seem to bother her..nor does she go lame...But is this a risk???

Any help welcome.
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    03-11-2009, 01:34 AM
I've never heard of coon-footed? Maybe I'm used to hearing it as something else. What is it?
    03-11-2009, 01:49 AM
Hard to explain...its when there back hooves don't set right....maybe you heard it called "post legged'?
    03-11-2009, 02:58 AM
Hmm i've never heard of this either!
Does anyone know how to explain.
    03-11-2009, 03:30 AM
When someone says a horse is coon footed it means there is more slope to the pastern than there should be, or it is to long.
    03-11-2009, 03:39 AM
Tendon Injuries Part Three: Suspensory Desmitis I had never heard of this term either but after investigation, it is just another term for a dropped fetlock. This could be a degenerative thing or it could be caused by an injury possibly suffered during her pregnancy. I would not advise riding her as I believe it could aggravate the condition and make her worse.
Do her legs look like the horse in "d" below?

She could also be a carrier for DSLD. If that is the case, then it will continue to get worse and is probably hereditary so I would advise you to never breed her again as the disease could be passed on.
Are Post legged horses DSLD carriers
    03-11-2009, 12:03 PM
Yeah her feet look like D..except her legs arnt that straight..

I had to get her teeth floated today..I talked to my vet about it..he said if its nots hurting her she will be sound to ride..

I had never seen this until this mare was given to me(he did not want to feed her anymore)...I was like when I saw her..

Her feet did not do this until after she had that foal when she was 7.
    03-11-2009, 12:25 PM
Weird, do you have any pics? I would like to see this.
    03-11-2009, 10:01 PM
When I find my camara I will take some pictures for you..
    03-12-2009, 11:46 AM
This also makes me wonder if she's been trimmed with a chronic low heel, long toe in the hind feet, but you can't correct weak tendons with a trim, but correcting the trim can lessen the detrimental effects.
If she recently had a foal, the stress of carrying it and if she were fat, could contribute to it, but I would say she was already pre-disposed to it for it to manifest like that-there are plenty of fat, pregnant mares that never have the problem. Some horses that have been severly malnourished in early age will tend to do this, so I'm sure diet can affect it, however, there's not much you can do to fix it, regardless.

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