Originally Posted by Dead Rabbit
CALF KNEED: ma'am could you please explain this term in more detail. Using the pic. Its new to me, and im not to experienced as it is. Thankyou.
The term "calf kneed" means that the knee is not as straight as it should be, but rather is bent backward a little. So, when you look at the knee from the side, in horses, because the upper arm bone (above the knee) is curved, not straight, the knee should be a tiny bit rounded , so it should bulge out in the front side a tiny bit. This mare , the knee is the opposite; it is behind the vertical, just a tiny, tiny bit. That is calf kneed. In her case, it's really minor, and might be due to poor shoeing, not conformation.
I , personally, don't think her neck is all that bad. It is thin and under muscled, but is set on reasonably high.
For a trail mount, her conformation is not bad. If she isn't as crabby looking as the photo projects, then she might be a decent trail mount.