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    02-08-2011, 03:28 AM
Advice on buying toed-out horse

I've recently been talking with someone about buying a horse from them and received pictures that showed she was slightly toed-out on her right front foot(looks as though its below the fetlock). She's about 4 and the guy bought her to be a broodmare but has decided to sell her since he wasn't able to get her papers/pedigree from the previous seller. Said she's 100% sound and the toe-out has been getting better with each trim(didn't have good foot care in her previous home). I'm looking for a barrel/gymkhana prospect and he said she'd be great at it. My concern is ring-bone in her future, or her winging out(though he says she gaits straight), or any other problems found with a slight toe out. My question is whether I should make the 1 1/2 drive to see her or call it a wash?
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    02-09-2011, 01:51 PM
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She looks a good deal ewe necked to me in the one photo. Toe out usually means the horse might travel close, not paddle or wing. Wide chest and/or toes IN cause winging. She looks like she bears weight on the inside or her feet (look at her coronet line and the ground).

I would rather see her as these photos are not great to judge her. It ishard to tell if she is long in the back or if she stands downhill etc.
    02-09-2011, 05:34 PM
She does look toed out - especially in a speed event it would be easy for her to pull things and she will most likely develop some ring bone - if she hasn't already had bony changes.
Trimming feet does not change bone structure, keep that in mind.

If you are going to buy her, I would X-ray the legs well.

Good luck!
    02-10-2011, 02:55 PM
She appears very minimally toed out so I would not worry at all if you like many other things about her. I hate to see people throw out nice horses over small conformation flaws.
Keep in mind you DO NOT want to "try to correct" a toed in or toed out horse with farrier work, then you will cause problems.

She's cute!
    02-10-2011, 05:02 PM
My horse is toed out too, she had a hard working ranch life and then 9 years old barrel racing and it still quite sound with minimal arthritis at 23 years old and loves trails.
I can think of some worse faults then toeing out.
Here is a picture that shows her front legs>

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