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  • My horse's front fetlock drops and his toe flips up
  • Fetlock low to ground

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    01-10-2013, 09:07 PM
Originally Posted by BBBCrone    
Oh my gosh. I have never ever seen this before. This made my stomach turn.
You can see why I mostly panicked when the vet told me he was already on the way to that picture! Crazy lady.

Chiro coming out next week, trying to get a secondary vet opinion ASAP. The more I ask people around me and on here, and see him in action, the more I am preeeetty sure he's fine.
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    01-10-2013, 09:20 PM
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I agree that this horse DOES NOT have DSLD. It does not have 'dropped fetlocks'.

But, there are a lot of different degrees of being 'coon footed' or having pasterns that have too much give and drop more than is ideal. All fetlocks drop quite a bit at high speed but most not as much as some of the horses shown. The photos of TBs racing that show their fetlocks in the dirt to the point that their toes flip up dirt in front of them DO NOT have ideal conformation. They are 'coon footed' and said to 'run down'. They need 'run down bandages' and special protection in order to not come back with bloody fetlocks and severe leg damage. They are certainly not 'ideal' in their conformation. Some are not even able to race on a soft or deep surfaces and have to run on turf. You can see that one is bandaged in the photos.
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    01-10-2013, 09:45 PM
Cherie, do you find Jax coon-footed (from the videos and pictures)? Like I mentioned, I purchased iconoclast boots (the ones with the straps that wrap under the fetlock) for Jax just in case this veterinarian's case had some validity, although I will admit when I first put them on him today he looked like this http://i.imgur.com/IHzP0.gif at first, it was pretty hilarious. I think the most he's ever worn is polo wraps on his fronts.

Regardless, I think I'm going to start using them when I know we will be doing anything more than arena trotting or walking on the trails.
    01-11-2013, 05:04 AM
Oh lord O.o I would have slapped any vet that tried to diagnose my horse with either of those without proper tests. How stupid.

I think your horses fetlocks are completely normal to be honest, but if your that worried about it, then definitely get a second opinion :) he's a gorgeous horse btw
    01-11-2013, 05:06 AM
Originally Posted by existentialpony    
Cherie, do you find Jax coon-footed (from the videos and pictures)? Like I mentioned, I purchased iconoclast boots (the ones with the straps that wrap under the fetlock) for Jax just in case this veterinarian's case had some validity, although I will admit when I first put them on him today he looked like this http://i.imgur.com/IHzP0.gif at first, it was pretty hilarious. I think the most he's ever worn is polo wraps on his fronts.
hahahaha oh yes, that looks rather familiar, my boy STILL does that, but only when I put boots on his back legs now. Silly boy.
    01-11-2013, 08:31 AM
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If you are concerned a boot like "Professional Choice" (R) is a good one.

OTOH if you horse is coon footed, a lot of that can be helped by trimming and proper farrier work. A lot of track farriers leave long toes and short heels as some trainers think it helps the horse to dig in and go faster. It does not really work that way.

Upset, in the photo, has run down bandages.. as he wins one of the most famous match races ever to be held, giving Man O' War his ONLY defeat!
    01-11-2013, 08:01 PM
Thanks Holly!

When the farrier was out yesterday I asked him to take the toes in short and told him about the vet's concerns so that he could address them. Jax seems to feel good! I don't know if it's coincidence or what, but his stiffness seemed better today too. And man was he wanting to move (for the second day in a row).

I'll keep you guys updated. I'm not sure when I will get a vet out-- they're all so busy and my trailer buddy doesn't have time to trailer us out until next week. We'll see what the chiro says on Thursday.
    01-12-2013, 01:29 AM
A second opinion is always good if you don't feel confident about the first diagnosis. It seems like your following your gut instinct, so be confident that you know what's best. It really doesn't look like there is anything wrong with the way he walks, other than he needs his toes trimmed a bit more, but if he's stepping heel first and not flat footed then they are fine. My quarter horse gelding looks the same way when he walks, as if they could just snap at any moment, but it's normal. Don't let another user tell you he's unrideable, if he's not trying to throw you off because he's uncomfortable, then trust that he knows what's best for him. :)
    01-12-2013, 01:43 AM

Any thoughts on his movement? I *think* I see that sometimes the gap between his rear legs is shorter than that between his fronts, but then other times it evens out.[/QUOTE]

He's your new horse, and you love him so much! It's completely normal to worry about everything. Same with babies, when I had my daughter, I rushed her to the pediatrition because her umbilical cord didn't look right... they giggled at me. Several years later, I giggle at myself for freaking out about things that I thought where wrong. And a second thing, I rushed her to the Dr. Because she was turning her head funny... She was just learning to use her new muscles. Hahaha It's only normal to feel like your horse is your newborn baby!
    01-14-2013, 10:07 PM
Thanks everyone!

So a friend was finally at the barn at the same time as me, and I had the chance to watch someone else trot Jax towards/away from me. The vet was right in that he dips his right hind fetlock lower than his left, but it is nowhere near the ground like she said-- it just dips a little deeper.

My question is-- can this be at all related to the fact that he has stiffness/some kind of "thing" going on in his left hind? (ie. Putting less weight on it) I can't see any lameness when I watch him from behind to suggest that, but I also didn't look that closely.

If he does in fact dip deeper in his right hind fetlock, is this a huge concern given the way he moves and the fact that it isn't causing him any pain (he was actually full of himself today between the cold weather and wind-- he wanted to runrunrunrunrun and decided to spook at everything to boot!)? From now on I plan on using the boots I bought every time we ride, at least on his back legs. Like I said, I don't plan to do more than western pleasure and competitive trails with him.

Still working on getting a vet out or trailering to one; chiro comes on Thursday.

Thoughts are appreciated!

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