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    08-22-2010, 05:03 PM
Critique Leg Conformation

Hiya, I do know a bit about conformation myself, and am very worried about Obie's legs.
What do you guys think?

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    08-22-2010, 05:19 PM
They may not be perfect but I really don't see too much to worry about. On the front, his pasterns are a little bit steep and on the back, he is a bit sickle hocked and toes out, possibly cow-hocked as well. There are millions of horses out there with the same problems that never take a lame step. I think the thing that bothers me most is that it appears that his feet have too much heel on them.
    08-22-2010, 05:24 PM
Yes, he's cow hocked, and he turns outwards (like a duck - opposite to pigeon toed).
Also, that is just a bad picture, his pasterns are not upright at all :)

I'm mostly worried about his hind plumlines. His buttock, to hock, to fetlock isn't in line. What does this mean?

Also, what does that a lot of heel mean? Should I be concerned?
Do you want another picture tomorrow?
    08-22-2010, 05:59 PM
It doesn't really mean very much. It is very hard to find a horse that actually is in line like perfect conformation should be. His croup is a bit steep, his thigh is a little short, and his gaskin is a little bit long. It makes him look wonky and may impede his ability to really collect and work off his butt but it shouldn't do anything to hurt him.

If a horse has a lot of heel, then it is generally because the farrier left too much the last time they trimmed him. It may just be the angle of the pictures, but it appears his feet are shaped similarly to this horse in the before picture.
    08-22-2010, 06:08 PM
I'll take another picture of his heels tomorrow for you.
May I add he's only 4 so incorrectly muscled at the moment (just backed)
    08-24-2010, 02:29 AM
I have a feeling those pictures aren't as flattering as they could be. I can imagine him walking like a duck in the first one - which I'm sure he doesn't actually ;)

I'm curious to see more pictures!

Unrelated but I really love his color!
    08-24-2010, 09:36 AM
Could you get some pictures of him standing square on even ground? Some from front, back, and both sides? The angle and stance is not ideal for confo critique. I do think he needs some heel taken off and he seems to toe out in front as well as back but that is a very minor fault for the most part. Jack toes out in back too and we've never had an issue. Looking again, his front and rears seem to be on different angles? It could be the pics but if not you should speak with the farrier about it.
    08-26-2010, 06:36 PM
You're right. The pictures are horrific. He's standing on a hill. He doesn't toe out in front, but it does look it in the pictures!
Still very confused about the heels.
Have farrier out on Tuesday :)

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