ridecamp@endurance.net: Re: Cannon Alignment

Re: Cannon Alignment

Becky Huffman (hhcc1@htcomp.net)
Wed, 23 Apr 1997 13:45:26 -0500

My gelding has a cannon that is offset. the center of the cannon comes down
from a little to the right of the center side of the knee, it does not come
down from the center of the knee. it is not much, but it is obvious. He
has almost a thousand miles and the vast majority of those were very fast.
he was retired due to an injury unrelated to this.

...for what it's worth.....

Semper Fi & The ShadowRat
Huffman Horse and Cattle Company
Fine Endurance Arabians and 'Horned Cows'

> From: lindavan.eqath@juno.com
> To: dli-adf@transport.com
> Cc: lvanceylon@vines.colostate.edu; ridecamp@endurance.net
> Subject: Cannon Alignment
> Date: Wednesday, April 23, 1997 6:03 AM
> On Tue, 22 Apr 1997 18:05:35 -0700 "dli-adf" <dli-adf@transport.com>
> writes:
> >Linda,
> >
> >After your last note, I went out and really checked over Istys' legs.
> >Uhoh, hard bump just below the right knee, vet book says "splint", a
> >trip
> >to the vet and it is confirmed. He (the vet) says it's old, probably
> >pre
> >'97 but no way to age it. It's not huring the horse and she moves
> >freely
> >without favoring the leg...cool. His only down grade on her is that
> >her
> >cannon bones (ea. side) are 2-3 mm to the outside of the knee.
> >Devastation....now what do I do? He says endurance is iffy, she may
> >not
> >hold up under repeated long distances (Is this true? Is he guessing?
> >What
> >about other endurance horses).
> >
> Hi Alan,
> Yep, a slint would make sense in the case of the misalignment you just
> explained. However, I can't really visualize the condition with way you
> explained it. Is the cannon bone offset from the forarm by 2-3mm or
> actually outside the knee? In other words, if you were to drop a plumb
> line from the center of the front of each forearm, it should pass ~
> through the center of the cannon. So what I think you are saying is the
> cannon is offset to the outside of that plumbline. Does your horse wing
> it's front leg(s) laterally when it travels? This is what one would
> usually see with this type of flaw. Is it just one leg or both? I've
> heard of horses' cannon bone remodeling (laying down bone on the weaker
> area) to try to correct a problem like this. However, that would take a
> lot of time and you might have lameness layups anyway.
> Is the splint on the inside or the outside of the leg? My guess is the
> outside. If the horse wings out, even just a little, it can whack its
> front outside cannon with it's hind foot. If the splint is old and not
> currently sore, it probably is not happening often.
> As for your decision whether to continue with this horse or trade her in,
> I'd say you need to have someone in the sport look at her and watch her
> move. Preferably an endurance RIDER with lots of miles or a Vet who
> also endurance rides. There are probably several folks in your area who
> can give you a good honest opinion. Then, it's your call. It's best, of
> course, to start with as near perfect conformation as you can get,
> especially in the legs.
> Before you jump to any hasty decisions, get a second opinion.
> Good Luck?
> Linda VanCeylon & crew
> Buhni, Sunny, Rabbit, & Fiddler
> lindavan.eqath@juno.com

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