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        06-14-2010, 11:16 AM
    From what I have been reading, she may look slighlty sickle hocked due to her feet being done improperly?? Could this be true? It says they tend to stand under themselves also (like in the 3rd picture of her), to relieve tension on the tendons/ligaments.

    She has long toe and not much heel in back. Which we are slowly correcting as we don't want her to become sore.
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        06-14-2010, 04:21 PM
    Was she ridden at all before you bought her? Of course, aside from being sore or out of alignment, her turning on her haunches is a good thing, many, many horses take years of training to move like that.
        06-14-2010, 04:31 PM
    They said all they did was groundwork (which I don't see, she needs a lot of it) and they had a saddle on and sat on her back, but no riding.
        06-14-2010, 04:43 PM
    I was thinking of cow-hocked, not sickle hocked! :)Definitely not cow hocked ~maybe just a tad sickle hocked? Doesn't look like anything that will be much of a hindrance, though.
        06-24-2010, 12:07 PM
    Just wanted to update: My farrier did her feet again, but this time a bit more aggressively, she was sore for a few days, but is now standing better, and moving more correctly (landing on heels instead of toe). Now I can see that she most likely isn't sickle hocked, if she is, it is minimal. Will post some updated pics as soon as I can find my battery
        06-24-2010, 09:48 PM
    I have to agree that it does look like a slight case, but nothing major! There are actually trainers and riders out there who look for a sickle hock to provide even more power from the hind end - it does though often end in a shorter career! Your mare looks like she would have no issue whatsoever! Good luck!
        06-25-2010, 11:24 PM
    I see a slight sickle hock there, especially from the pic in the can tell she's somewhat strung out behind, just by her stance. It's not so drastic, though that she wouldn't be able to perform...she just may never reach 'high levels' of barrel racing...but then again, who knows?

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