Originally Posted by HorseCrazedGirl
I was wondering what exactly pigeoned toed means and if it is ok to jump on! And do heavy riding with.
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The horse in my avatar is pigeon toed (you can sort of see it in that picture). It means the horses hooves don't match up to the horses knees (point inward, outward is called toed out) and can vary in severeness.
For a mild case, like my horse has, I have never had to 'tone down' my riding with him. We do long trail rides, pleasure horsemanship, play around with games, low low low jumping, etc. The problems usually come as they age, they usually have more joint issues such as arthritis. I've had my horse on a joint supplement for several years now as a preventative and he is in his mid-teens with no issues.
I'm interested in other replies too, there aren't many pigeon toed horses in my area so I've had to learn most of this information on my own.
ETA: I can't speak for heavy jumping, as I'm not a jumper at all, but I've been able to lightly jump my horse with no issues. Also now that I can see my avatar you can very much see my horse's pigeon toe, it's his front right foot.