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post #1 of 17 Old 04-24-2008, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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cow hocks desirable or not

I have been reading up on cow hocked horses to see exactly what cow hocked means...and I have found in forums from all over more poeple than not would like for their horse to be a little cow-hocked...
Most seem to think that they tend to absorb shock a little better and are less likely to develop hock lameness

They also say when buying and noticing a cow hocked defect, that you should really be looking at sires to check how sound they were and how long they have worked or bred

Except for extreme cases, cow-hocked is not an undesirable trait...except for confromation classes that count off for this type of thing.

I always thought that a horses feet should point slightly outward...whats your opinions???

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post #2 of 17 Old 04-24-2008, 06:28 PM
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The only input I have ever had about cowhockedness (is that a word?) is when my vet looked at our foal Saro and said she was a bit cowhocked. His dad has been a large animal vet for 50 years and rode gaited horses. He said you want a gaited horse to be a little cowhocked for a better ride. True or not that's what I was told
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It all depends on how significant it is. Like everything other conformation "fault" it depends on the severity of it and on the horse's conformation. I've seen some grand prix show jumpers who were VERY over at the knee to the point where you wonder how they manage to still be sound and it doesn't affect them at all. No soundness problems whatsoever.

I wouldn't be concerned.
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I wouldn't say its desirable, but slight cow-hocks don't bother me. I'd prefer straight set legs, but there are certainly worse things.
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my horse is cow hocked and has no problems with lameness and whatnot. Heres a picture of her legs to show you how she looks.



You can't see her left hoof too well but if you look at her right one you get the idea.
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post #6 of 17 Old 04-24-2008, 08:17 PM
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Yeah, I think for confo purposes it's not desired, but if it's slight I'm sure there wouldn't be any problems. I've also seen some cowhocked horses & they do fine.

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Cowhocks are one of the most common conformation faults I have seen in my breed. It is not debilitating, and I have heard cowhocked horses are easier to gait(ASBs) if that makes any difference.

My colt(we are taking care with his feet to help this. He is getting better, but will always be cowhocked) is incredibly cowhocked.

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Cowhocks are one of the most common conformation faults I have seen in my breed. It is not debilitating, and I have heard cowhocked horses are easier to gait(ASBs) if that makes any difference.

My colt(we are taking care with his feet to help this. He is getting better, but will always be cowhocked) is incredibly cowhocked.

that's how bad my guy is
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Cowhocks are one of the most common conformation faults I have seen in my breed. It is not debilitating, and I have heard cowhocked horses are easier to gait(ASBs) if that makes any difference.

My colt(we are taking care with his feet to help this. He is getting better, but will always be cowhocked) is incredibly cowhocked.

that's how bad my guy is
I didn't know Thunder was cowhocked.
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