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post #1 of 5 Old 02-08-2011, 03:28 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 5 Old 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.

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post #3 of 5 Old 02-09-2011, 05:34 PM
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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!

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post #4 of 5 Old 02-10-2011, 02:55 PM
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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.

Shes cute!
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post #5 of 5 Old 02-10-2011, 05:02 PM
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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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