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post #1 of 19 Old 01-21-2010, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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Leg Conformity? Look funny?

Hello, I am buying a hobby horse for my fiancee. I live in Ukraine. We put a deposit on a farm type horse, but when we got pictures of the horse the front legs didnt look normal to me. It looks like the right front hoof points to the right. Does anyone else see this? I do not want my fiancee to ride a horse that can be un-stable. Am i dreaming this, or does this horse seem to have a hoof that sticks to the right? Any advise would be great. Thank you.

P.S. If it does point to the right, is this bad and can it be dangerous or un-stable? What is this defect called? Thanks again

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post #2 of 19 Old 01-21-2010, 04:15 PM
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It definitely toes out. You're not imagining it. I don't know how it affects soundness however, someone here should.
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post #3 of 19 Old 01-21-2010, 04:19 PM
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if you look it looks like the toes behind are splayed also
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post #4 of 19 Old 01-21-2010, 04:40 PM
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You would need to give us more info about the horse, and more info about what you plan to do with him to get more specific recommendations.

He toes out on both fronts, more so on the right, and is slightly knock kneed.

However, if he's mostly going to be used as a pleasure and trail horse, he's currently sound and he's suitable in every other way, it may not be a problem.

Lots of useful horses have conformation flaws as bad or worse than this.
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I had to look up Knock Kneed cause I didn't understand the meaning:

Knock Kneed or close-kneed, horses have the entire knee set to the inside of the straight line from the chest to the toe. This condition is usually accompanied by toed-out feet and some degree of outward rotation of the cannon bone. As the horse moves and its legs strike the ground, there is unequal distribution of concussion on the column of bone, predisposing the horse to unsoundness.
From: Knock Kneed - eXtension

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thanks for the replys

the owner is saying there is no defect at all and its photos only. But here is another photo. Is she blind? I dont have a problem with the horse...but my fianacee is scared the horse will stumble and she will be hurt. Recommendations? buy or no?

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oh and btw...no jumping or anything...but trails, small hills, unstable ground, rocks? will this horse be effected?
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post #8 of 19 Old 01-21-2010, 05:12 PM
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how old is it?

"If you can't see a thoroughbred has talent, you're probably too dumb to ride one anyway."
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post #9 of 19 Old 01-21-2010, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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he 1 1/2 years old. parents are both very very light grey, with no defects other than some serious grumpiness. :)
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post #10 of 19 Old 01-21-2010, 05:26 PM
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looks like the horse needs some tlc. Have a vet look at it. Why are you buying a horse from a picture and why buy a young horse? It sounds like from your experience you should go with a older horse.
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