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post #1 of 12 Old 06-22-2012, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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Slightly pigeon toed...should i be worried?

My new mare that I just got is slightly pigeon toed. It does not seem to affect her movement & I know that the family who had her before me trail rode her a lot. We ride on some pretty difficult terrain & im just wondering if I should be concerned with this? Will it cause her to more easily trip or injure herself? Are there extra precautions I should take? Like I said I don't think its really severe and she moves beautifully. She was used in cutting & has also done barrels and poles & its never affected her that im aware of. Just seeing if anyone has a horse that has the same thing & wanted to just talk to someone about it. I will try to get a picture up. Opinions please and thanks

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post #3 of 12 Old 06-22-2012, 10:16 PM
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Edit: nevermind!

I think she should be okay. If she starts tripping then I'd stay to footing that isn't so uneven

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Well, when it comes to these types of questions.. It's usually based on the horse.

~ I don't know how you're horse walks.

~ I don't know you're horses fitness.

~ I don't know how you ride.

~ I don't know what type of terrain you ride on.

For these types of questions, It's anyones guess.
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post #5 of 12 Old 06-22-2012, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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She walks normally not to fast and clumsy. She's very laid back, her head drops & she relaxs & walks. She moves beautifully. She is extremly healthy just a bit fat lol Were working on it. She stays fat on nothing! The people we got her from needed hay out on there pasture it was bare but she was as fat as a tick. We ride on everything from easy dirt road terrain to very rough rigid rocky & cliffy terrain. It varries. I don't think she have a problem but I just wanted to see what everyone thought.

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post #6 of 12 Old 06-22-2012, 10:27 PM
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It's tough to say. It's hard to judge from that picture (looks like ground may be a bit uneven and the left hoof looks sunk into the sand) and would be easiest to guess from video of her moving.

I'd venture to say if she has stayed sound doing some of the work you mentioned she should be fine.

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Then I think she should be fine. :)
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post #8 of 12 Old 06-22-2012, 10:38 PM
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Ugh my moms barrel horse toed in on her front left. She didn't ride this mare hard. She only ran for two seasons then switched to light trail ridding. The mare had superb bloodlines! Beautiful! Her father was easy jet... Well over the years that toe turned in more and more til it became really bad ( she looked like a bulldog the way she stood with her leg twisted under her). It was sad. She got arthritis in her entire leg and had to be put down at 17 because she laid down one day and could never get back up..
Not saying this will happen to your horse or that it happens to every horse that's built like this but I'm very weary about horses that are pigeon toed now!!
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Btw your mare is gorgeous! Hope my post didn't completely scare you but I had to share my experience with it.
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post #10 of 12 Old 06-23-2012, 09:57 AM
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I have a 22 year old Arab mare that is slightly pigeon toed. She is sound and great on trails. On the rare occasions that she goes a bit too long between shoeings, she may throw the shoe. If your mare is not having problems, hopefully she won't start having problems.

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