My mare stands funny in the hind. She is sound and healthy and moves along just fine, but it looks funny to me. What do you think? Should I have a vet look at her? What could be causing this? It's only on the one foot.
I think that is some sort of conformational fault, someone else will be able to give you more infothough.
It looks like she is "knuckling over". Does she ever miss a step like that back foot gives out? Has she always stood this way or is it just recently appeared? Does her fetlock stay in that position when she travels or does it flex and absorb shock as a normal fetlock does and she only stands like this when at rest? If you had video or photos of her in action with that foot hitting the ground, it would help.
I will try to get videos. She seems to move normally, when I lunge her she moves normally and her foot hits the ground and flexes normally. I have felt her a little "off" on occasion in the hind when riding, usually if I ask for a sharp turn or sudden stop. She has always been like this since I got her, but today I worked her pretty hard and it looked more pronounced afterward. She only stands like this at rest, but she has a tendency if I ask her to stand still while I am mounted to shift her weight in the back from foot to foot. Occasionally (maybe once every other week) she takes a mis-step in the back, but normally she seems totally sound. Is this something to worry about? Is there anything I can do?
Wow, looks... not good. Have you discussed with your vet and farrier? Did you have any x-rays done when you bought her to determine her soundness?
Is this new?
Equine Orthopaedic Research Center Overview, Colorado State University
This site has a lot of really interesting information about deformities like this. Visit with your vet and farrier to see if there is anything that can be done. Most corrective treatment is done when the horse is still a foal so I don't know if there is anything that can be done for it now.
That definitely looks strange to me. . .
Definitely consult you're farrier, they may be able to help you. Also get your vet out there. Because that does NOT look very good.
However, if the horse is still moving fine, its a good thing its not affected her health so far
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