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post #1 of 3 Old 04-17-2009, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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Pointing toes in back - injury/hocks?

My horse is completely sound under saddle, but when he stands, he weight bears on one or other other hind foot, and "points" the toe of the other. We recently had his hocks injected and I thought it might help, but he still stands the same way. He is also resistant to letting me clean his hind hooves. Does the way he is standing indicate an injury or soreness - or is it simply the way he chooses to stand?
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post #2 of 3 Old 04-17-2009, 02:47 PM
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I think its more of a relaxing pose. If I read it right my horse does the same thing. I asked on a different forum and they said its pretty much just her being relaxed.
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post #3 of 3 Old 04-17-2009, 02:50 PM
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It is hard to be sure with the description. Have you had your vet check him for leg problems? It could be that he is in pain or he could just be relaxed. Lots of horses will stand with one leg "cocked" when they are relaxed or resting but if he is doing it constantly, he could have hoof or leg pain. I just don't know. My suggestion is have your vet check him for pain just to rule that out.

As for the trouble picking up his feet, has he always been like that or is this a new thing? If he has always been that way, it could be a training gap.

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