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Re: [RC] effects of being toed-in for endurance - Truman Prevatt

I think it all depends on the extend. As the Bobby Bare song goes, "There Ain't No Tens." Of course he wasn't referring to horses but the same goes. Every one of them has a little "fault" here and there. A horse that is light on its front end and toed out would probably do better than one that was heavy on the forehand. If the fault is minor and the horse is otherwise balanced and the horse does not otherwise compensate for the fault - then he should fine for endurance.

I also think a horse with such a minor flaw would need more time to condition, might take some specific training to manage it, e.g., dressage, and might take more management and might not take extensive use as Barbara points out below.

However, I sure would not eliminate a horse with a minor flaw such as this simply because "There Ain't No Tens."


Barbara McCrary wrote:
One of my husband's horses toed in on the right front and eventually, after about 3,000 miles, or maybe a little less, he would turn up off on that foot fairly routinely. Toeing in would put considerable strain on the pastern, I should think. I'm sure there are exceptions, but if I were looking for a lasting endurance horse, I would try to find one with straighter legs and feet. JMO.

    ----- Original Message -----
    *From:* Cindy Stafford <mailto:cjstaf@xxxxxxx>
    *To:* ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
    *Sent:* Wednesday, July 02, 2008 9:11 AM
    *Subject:* [RC] effects of being toed-in for endurance

    Hi all - was hoping to learn from your experience again. Am still
    shopping for my next endurance horse and have come across one that
    is slightly toed in in front. not just the hoof itself, but the
    pastern as well a little. I'm wondering what might be the long
    term effects of this on teh horse over many miles? Any of you have
    a horse with this issue and are still competing with no probs? If
    you're a vet, can you tell me if this is a minor thing or a major?
    I do plan on getting a pre-purchase vet exam, but didn't think
    that would give me a long term view of things, plus the horse has
    only been a year under saddle and lightly ridden.

    I do know of a couple of horses that have competed well and are a
    bit toed in, but don't have oodles of miles behind them, so am not
    sure what it does long term.

    My current horse has a conformation problem that has contributed
    to arthritis in her joints, so that's why i'm being extra cautious
    - i'm a bit gun shy.



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[RC] effects of being toed-in for endurance, Cindy Stafford
Re: [RC] effects of being toed-in for endurance, Barbara McCrary