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Re: [RC] Cow hocked question - Zephyr Arabians

--- Bar JM Ranch <barjmranch@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
My 2 year old Shagya Arabian stallion, whom I plan
train for endurance someday, is slightly cow-hocked.
It is mainly noticeable when he is standing relaxed.
only noticed it when he walks or sets up after I
REALLY started looking for it. Could this pose a
problem for endurance?

Is he *really* cow hocked?  I've met very few truly
cow hocked horses, but lots that are labeled "cow
hocked."  The true cow hocked horse has hocks that are
close together and then the hind canons angle out from
the hocks; the hind canons are not parallel.

Correct hind legs when viewed from behind will have
the hocks closer together than most people picture as
"text book straight."  Then the hind canons will drop
parallel to each other and the toes will point
slightly outward.  The direction the toes point is the
same way the stifle points; if the horse is dead
straight in the hind toes, then it's also dead
straight forward in the stifle and the stifle will hit
the barrel of the horse while moving.

Text book straight hind legs are not what you should
look for unless you're maybe talking about beef
cattle. :)  Not a single prey species that I've
noticed that has to run and turn to stay alive has
text book straight hind legs. 

Deb Bennet has several good diagrams of hind legs
viewed from behind in her books.  There is also a good
diagram on the ATA web site:


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[RC] Cow hocked question, Bar JM Ranch