Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
I think there is genetic predisposition for most things, and of course nutrition plays into proper development. However, I think babies should run in wide open places, especially hills, so their legs can be the "best they can be". As I have posted somewhere prior, my mare was cow-hocked as a filly, so I did what the old-timers say to do and put her on hilly pasture. And it did, in fact, improve. I think it would have improved more had she been on it from the time she hit the ground. Of course part of it is breeding, but to what degree it "developes" I still believe can be altered by open hilly pasture.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.