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    06-11-2010, 09:26 AM
  #1
Foal
Sickle Hocked or Not

Here is a picture of her kinda squared (Note: this was the 2nd day after she got her, her feet are now done.)



And here is a picture of how she stands out in the pasture, she does this alot, she likes to crouch and turn on her hindquarters when she turns.



And here is another one of her in the pasture, where she looks slightly sickle hocked.



Now if she is sickle hocked, what does this mean for running barrels and breeding?

Thanks!
Krys
     
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    06-11-2010, 12:06 PM
  #2
Weanling
I would first suggest taking her to a good, reputable chiropractor to make sure she is not out of alignment. It almost sounds like she is standing and moving the way she is to avoid pain in her back or hips.
     
    06-11-2010, 01:28 PM
  #3
Weanling
What do they look like from directly behind her?
     
    06-11-2010, 02:18 PM
  #4
Foal
I can have her checked out but with how free she moves when she is running around the pasture I feel it would be unlikely to be pain.

She lived the last 3.5 years on a hill, don't know if that matters. She really never got to be on level ground, and she was never ridden.

Here is a not so good picture of her from the back. If you need a better one I can try to get one after its done raining. (And yes the black leg is a little swollen by the fetlock, she injured herself and had 6 stitches, she just got off stall rest)

     
    06-11-2010, 02:24 PM
  #5
Foal
Here are a couple pictures of her running and trotting.


     
    06-12-2010, 06:43 PM
  #6
Green Broke
She does not look sickle hocked to me. She looked more like she was trying to shift her weight because of pain in the pasture pic. Where those taken after the trim? Maybe sore from trim?
     
    06-12-2010, 06:50 PM
  #7
Weanling
I wouldn't say she is sickle hocked.
     
    06-12-2010, 09:16 PM
  #8
Foal
Its been 4 weeks since she was trimmed, and the pasture pictures I took a couple days ago. She did injure her left back leg, she punctured it pretty good and had to have stitches, it is swollen, but she has not been lame from it at all. I will have her looked at but she has yet to show pain when moving, playing or being groomed or anything.
     
    06-13-2010, 04:51 AM
  #9
Foal
I do see it in the third and fourth pics, but it's very very slight. She seems fairly straight from behind, so I don't really think this will be a hinderance to general riding. However, barrel racing might be an issue, as it places a lot of pressure on the hocks, plus twists and turns. Any degree of a sickle hock will weaken the hock and lower hind a little, and if you put pressure on it, you might end up with injuries.

I would say proceed slowly and see what happens. It's really not so bad as to have a serious affect on her training. And personally, I wouldn't breed from a horse that has conformation problems in the legs, however minor. Just my opinion :)
     
    06-13-2010, 02:23 PM
  #10
Showing
I have to agree with Gerry. It is very slight but it is there. It shouldn't be that much of a problem for riding, even barrel racing. She may never be a world champ but I think it's fine to do whatever you want to do with her.
     

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