6 Month Old Foal Cow Hocked
Posted 11 December 2009 - 09:49 PM
Here is a picture of his back end as a 5 month old
I know it looks terrible but he also likes to stand with his hind feet out, lol goofy horse.
heres a picture when he is eating I believe this was when he was 5 months as well
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Posted 12 December 2009 - 01:43 AM
Posted 14 December 2009 - 04:26 AM
That being said, it looks from the pics that he turns out at the stifle and not at the hock, which is good. Turning out at the stifle is much more likely to be a temporary thing or to be fixed through trimming.
You need to find someone who has trimmed a lot of foals to look at him. Foals are a bit different to trim than adult horses in that you don't want to correct the toeing out too much on a foal. They should toe out a bit, because when the chest widens the front legs will straighten out. If you trim them to be straight when they are young, then they will toe in some when the chest gets wider. At that point, it is really too late to fix the toeing in, as the bones have finished growing.
Most horses really do need to be a tiny bit cow hocked too. Not only does it allow the hind legs to clear the belly when the horse moves, but it gives them a bit more pushing power. However, we are talking a very slight deviation, not as much as this guy is showing right now.
Posted 14 December 2009 - 09:48 AM
This article is about angular deformities and touches on foals. Careful with toe length. If left too long he will tend to break over the inside of the toe and not help with correction. How about some pics of the feet?
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Posted 18 December 2009 - 07:24 PM
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Posted 18 December 2009 - 08:36 PM
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