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horsecrazygirl13 11-28-2012 09:47 PM

Cow hocks
Can you see from this pic if he is cow hocked? (I know, the picture isnt very good.)

AceIsHigh 11-28-2012 09:49 PM

a little bit, not horrid

horsecrazygirl13 11-28-2012 09:51 PM


Originally Posted by AceIsHigh (Post 1776779)
a little bit, not horrid

Would that limit his performance later on?

Allegro 11-28-2012 09:59 PM

It depends on what you want to do with him
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AceIsHigh 11-28-2012 10:02 PM

Do you do very strenuous work(ie reining jumping... Ect)

cow hocks that are turned in more than slightly are a weakness and cause problems. A tremendous amount of strain is placed on the inside hock joint structures. Bone spavin is common. The pasterns and cannons also undergo an abnormal twisting motion that leads to fetlock joint strain and predisposition to injury. More weight is carried on the medial surface of the hooves, so corns, quarter cracks, and bruising are common. Also, the lower legs twist beneath the hocks when the hooves land, so interference injuries of the lower legs are possible. Speed is deterred since the cow hocks weaken the thrust generated from the hind legs.

horsecrazygirl13 11-28-2012 10:03 PM


Originally Posted by Allegro (Post 1776796)
It depends on what you want to do with him
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Just western pleasure and trail riding and trying to race him against my friends' horses just for fun when he is old enough.:wink:

AceIsHigh 11-28-2012 10:16 PM

He should be just fine :)

My WP horse is slightly cow hockey also, he does just fine :)

horsecrazygirl13 11-29-2012 03:30 PM

Oh, I'd like to do gymkhana, and small jumps in the future. Would that be OK for him?

AceIsHigh 11-29-2012 04:06 PM

yep :)
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horsecrazygirl13 11-29-2012 05:37 PM

Here is another pic.
And here is another:

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