More Over At the Knee concerns!!
I also have a foal who is slightly over at the knee. She has already grown out of this issue once, but has grown back into it. Is there any way I can tell if she will grow out of it? Any way I can tell if it will be permanent? She has all the typical signs of being over. Spends her nights laying down (probably also an age thing) and wobbly/weak knees. She does have slight high/low heels in the front, vet caught it when she was a yearling, farrier and I have been working to correct it. She was born with severe angular limb deformity and she was a dummy foal. Her and I have been through a lot together already. Her severe angular limb issues looked like contracted tendons, all her toes were pointed straight down and she could not extend her legs fully. Lots of background...
I want to do Western Pleasure, working western (cow sorting perhaps) and endurance. (But I am okay with her being just a trail horse too)
As a 3 month old
Almost a yearling
Sorry, these are really terrible photos but honestly the best I have that show her knee issue. Let me know what you think about her. She is still barely reaching 13.2h at 18months old. She is not growing too fast and has been properly maintained at a very healthy weight, not too fat and never skinny. (her neck looks skinny but its not)
She has been fed, 24/7 local hay, 1-2x daily high quality orchard mix hay and a very small amount of mare/foal grain.
Can you get another photo with her feet showing too? That will help a bit.
She may very well still grow out of it, and so far she is showing a nice shoulder, and nice sized back.
Time will tell... :-)
I have a friend coming out tomorrow. I will get some good confo shots of her then. Attaching some photos of her dam, she is 75% her mother. Yes it was on purpose... I did not have a hand in the breeding, just ended up with my little girl!!
Her mother isn't very bad looking :-) crazy, so her father is also her half brother?
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Over at the knee is not a big concern. Mostly it is cosmetic and most would prefer a horse over at the knee than back at the knee.
In a foal, the concern with over at the knee is more with contracted tendons. In this case, the dam is also slightly over at the knee, so it may be that baby inherited that. If most of the blood (75%) is the dam, then you have really increased the chaces of similar conformation.
BTW the dam appears to have a right front fetlock joint injury and ring bone on the outside of that leg just above the hoof. She is also sickle hocked and has a longish coupling.
My 10 year old gelding is slightly over at the knee. Has not slowed him in any respect. We are timely with our farrier appointments and I keep him in shape.
(we trail ride, work cattle and putz at game shows)
I think her dam is gorgeous! Yeah, I see the old injury too, but it could very well be just that....an old injury and have nothing to do with her conformation. So momma is lovely and I will look back for better photos of baby too!
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