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  • Should the price of a pigeion toed horse be less
  • Judging the severity of pigeon toe in horse

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    09-16-2012, 03:49 AM
Unhappy Pigeon Toed and Cow Hocked

Long story short, I'm on the look out for a second horse after my first one turned out horribly (a green 4 year old thoroughbred mare who was doped and unsound).

The horse I'm looking at at the moment is a 6 year old chestnut Standardbred mare. I'd prefer an older horse and not a mare, but she just sounds so perfect otherwise! She's only green, but she's been ridden by a 5 year old and 3 year old, as she doesn't like doing much more than walking. Since I'm looking for a plodder, it sounds perfect.

BUT. She's cow hocked and pigeon toed. The cow hocks don't bother me much, but the pigeon toes do. I'm far from being a light person, and I worry that my weight will only raise the risk of lameness even more.

I've requested a front on picture of the mare to judge the severity, but by what I've seen so far it doesn't look too bad.

I'm not sure whether to pursue this mare or not purely for this reason. She'd be ridden regularly, at least 3 times a week. I wouldn't be competing with her or anything of the sort, she'd be purely a pleasure horse to be ridden in the paddock and occasionally out on roads.

I really need some advice from people with experience in this matter. I've been reading other forum posts all over the web, some people say don't touch them, others say that they are fine so long as their hooves are kept in check.
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    09-16-2012, 06:17 AM
Hi Tracer,

If you only plan to do light riding with her when you ride, and can get a farrier with some experience helping pigeon-toed horses become more sound with slow, careful and regular trimming (they may not get 100% but can make a huge improvement), if you think she's otherwise suitable for you and you take the extra precautions with her that it appears you would do, she may be just right for you.

    09-16-2012, 07:56 AM
Green Broke
Just as easy to buy a horse without problems as with.
Trust your instincts and wal away. This horse is going to have, boot issues maybe shoe issues. Eventually going to have joint problems if you ride him like you say you will. He may be fine but why risk it ?
    09-16-2012, 10:53 AM
Towing in is much less of a problem, even for a performance horse, than towing out.
For doing what you want to do she will definitely be fine.
If everything else fits I wouldn't let toeing in stop me from getting her
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    09-16-2012, 10:56 AM
Green Broke
A green horse is not ridden by a 3 or 5 year old child. They may be lead around but they aren't riding. If the sellers boast that this is her training on that alone I'd walk.

I agree, find one without physical problems. Someday you may want to do more than walk.
    09-16-2012, 10:56 AM
Sadly I've decided to let her go. The combination of this problem with my weight and the facilities available where I live (no equine vet nearby, limited farriers), I think it's best that I pass on her.

Thanks for the advice guys :)
    09-16-2012, 11:33 AM
Originally Posted by natisha    
A green horse is not ridden by a 3 or 5 year old child. They may be lead around but they aren't riding. If the sellers boast that this is her training on that alone I'd walk.
There you might be wrong . I've seen just that A LOT with Standies. If they have raced or had only race training, being out of it and kept like a horse, not a machine, they are just big puppy dogs. You can put little kids on them and they plod along just fine. You can put a bride on and go through town with them. I've seen that. Broodmare, bought off pasture and next day carried the bride. Heck, I've seen STB's in full race training ridden by a 6 year old with just a halter. Not all of them, of course, but a lot of them.

I agree, find one without physical problems. Someday you may want to do more than walk.
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