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  • Is a post legged horse unsound
  • Overstraight hind leg horse

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    09-30-2011, 01:38 PM
  #11
Green Broke
Post legged means lack of angulation behind. In a severely post legged horse they can actually have an issue with their stifle dislocating (it can be put back by bringing the hind leg forward and out and pressing on the stifle joint to pop it back in).

The hind leg of a horse is the source of power. It is designed in a spiral like a spring. Correct angles enhance the power. Incorrect angles detract from the power. A post legged horse may not be able to collect as easily for dressage.. may not have as much power over fences and may develop spavins in the hind hocks. He will be short strided behind.

All that being said, there are many a post legged horse out there that has done just fine. This boy looks like he is full of personality and disposition and that is worth a whole lot.

My first horse was a Percheron cross and not as good as this boy.. he had an osselet on his front pastern that should have put him off riding. It did not. He won a 30 mile competitive trail ride (back in 1971) and did dressage.. even held a Levade for 10 seconds. He was not post legged.. his issues were front end.. and he as a Roman Nosed horse to boot. He was also 100% trustworthy and taught many a person to ride.. some of whom went on to ride at very high levels.

Attitude can make up for a lot. Just sayin'!
(do look up EMS.. I included a link).
     
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    09-30-2011, 01:43 PM
  #12
Green Broke
A conformation critique points out a horse's imperfections. NO horse is perfect. This horse has over straight or posty hind legs. It is how he was born and bred.

Conformation critique also points out the good things in this horse. He has good bone and is balanced in his features. That stuff is great to have. He also has a relatively low angle to the bone running from point of shoulder to elbow which will restrict his ability to lift his knees if you have him jumping. It won't have any impact on him for trail riding and most things you do with a horse.

Conformation critique does not necessarily mean the horse is unsound or unuseable. Obviously you are using and enjoying your horse. Keep on doing just that!!!
     
    09-30-2011, 04:31 PM
  #13
Yearling
Thank you for the comments. I never realized he was post legged until I looked at pictures. Before I got him he was just a pasture pet/ trail riding horse. I have done some trail riding with him and basic training. I know he is not perfect but I fell in love with his personality and willingness. He really is a very sweet horse.
     
    09-30-2011, 04:57 PM
  #14
Yearling
How bad would you say his post leggedness is. There has to be horses that are worse or better etc. Would you say his is really bad. I was reading another article about post legged horses and it says that they are usually a rough ride...but bob is as smooth as butter and it also stated that that the horse usually hits the ground hard and bob doesn't do that either. I am just trying to broaden my knowledge....Thanks
     

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