ridecamp@endurance.net: Re: Cow Hocks

Re: Cow Hocks

Gwen Dluehosh (dluehosh@vt.edu)
Fri, 28 Feb 1997 22:00:29 +0500

HOHO... HOld on Susan- you can't say that sickle hocks are necessarily bad
at higher levels of the WARMBLOOD and 3 day echelons and therefore they are
a weakness! Were there even any sickle hocked horses in the study?

I don't think slight sickling is bad IF your horse is holding up- HECK ALL
You people with COUNT DORSAZ and RAFFLES in your pedigrees better take a
GOOD look at those back ends! :)
BOTH were slighlty sickle IMHO.
I have a 23 year old mare here who is as clean as a whistle and is slightly
sickle. Now, I am breeding AWAY from it, and succeeding, but she's still clean.
Count Dorsaz took top awards in England.
Also I think I would be MUCH more worried about STRAIGHT hind legs than
slightly overangulated. I have seen MANY straight stifles that caused
problems down the line. ALso, just today I observed a nice otherwise QH colt
who had WONDERFUl bog spavins and there wasn't a THING wrong with him
otherwise! :) ( At least he appeared to have nice angulation and legs in the
Go figure.
Just MHO
Sickle hocks, on the other hand, did not appear in the top
>level horses, so somehow or another, they were a weakness that kept
>horses from top-level performance.
Gwen Dluehosh
Desert Storm Arabians
1156 Hightop Rd, #89
Blacksburg, VA 24060

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