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post #1 of 5 Old 07-02-2013, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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found the problem.. now what. :(

So after doing lots of reserch findng why Diesel is lame we found that he has one cannon bone longer than the other. No xrays to prove this but you can see the distinct difference in his muscle development on one side vs the other. when standing square you can see one leg is longer and he also has one hoof that wears shorter than the other.. we will be getting xrays soon.
anyone else have this issue?
this picture is the best I have today working on better more square ones

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-02-2013, 09:20 PM
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show us his feet. Its very uncommon for a horse to actually have a longer leg. What they have is a "functionally" longer leg. There is a difference.


You also might want to message Dr Esco Buff. He is a farrier that specialized in limb length disparity. Contact Us

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post #3 of 5 Old 07-02-2013, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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what is a functionally longer leg?

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post #4 of 5 Old 07-02-2013, 10:11 PM
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I'll second Dr. Esco Buff! I got to meet him down in West Virginia and I saw quite a few hooves I hope to never have to see again and learned a lot about limb length disparity.

Apparently (from the horses he used as models), the majority of horses do not have truly even legs, usually in the shoulder area. I know my mare doesn't have symmetrical shoulder blades by about half an inch, her right is shorter. I haven't looked at her hips past the fact that she has a tilted pelvis (noticably), but I learned quite a bit from Esco in the two days he was there for a weekend clinic.
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-02-2013, 10:54 PM
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Functionally vs structurally. Structurally longer means truly longer bones. This is very very rare. Functionally longer means something like unequal muscling is making the leg function as tho it is shorter/longer but the actual bone lengths are the same.
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