Straight hind leg versus appearance

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Straight hind leg versus appearance

Postby Tsavo » Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:39 pm

Two people have told me they thought my horse as a pretty straight hind leg, one an FEI trainer. I didn't know what they were talking about because I don't think my horse has a straight hind leg.

I was thinking about it and I think I have the answer. He tends to toe out on the hinds in keeping with his Clyde ancestry. He is not cow-hocked but is close behind. Anyway, The leg LOOKS straighter if you don't realize he is toeing out. Here are some photos, one I took with his toe straight ahead and one taken from a more toe-on angle since he was not toeing out that day. It is clear that the leg looks straighter the more he toes out.

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Re: Straight hind leg versus appearance

Postby Tsavo » Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:42 pm

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Re: Straight hind leg versus appearance

Postby musical comedy » Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:47 pm

You have to have him standing up properly to assess this.

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Re: Straight hind leg versus appearance

Postby Tsavo » Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:59 pm

Is the first picture not proper for this purpose?

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Re: Straight hind leg versus appearance

Postby musical comedy » Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:12 pm

No I don't think so. It may make things look different once you get the front straight. Both front and hind cannons need to be perpendicular to the ground.

Also the photos look distorted to me, unless he really looks this way. Looks like a huge body with very short legs.

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Re: Straight hind leg versus appearance

Postby Tsavo » Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:23 pm

They are distorted for some reason. He looked much fatter than he is. I took them with my tab.
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Re: Straight hind leg versus appearance

Postby piedmontfields » Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:53 am

It looks slightly straight but as MC noted it is impossible to tell from these photos. Stand him up properly and shoot that.

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Re: Straight hind leg versus appearance

Postby Tsavo » Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:19 pm

There is presently a high five figure FEI horse being advertised on FB with a straighter hind leg than my horse has.

Just saying.

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Re: Straight hind leg versus appearance

Postby Ponichiwa » Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:40 pm

Does it matter? I tend to think the conformation guides are more useful for prospects than for horses actually doing the job-- i.e. helps to weed out the field given no other data, but does not necessarily predict (or preclude) success. Ultimately performance trumps pretty unless there's a major structural issue at play.

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Re: Straight hind leg versus appearance

Postby Tsavo » Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:15 pm

Well you are right it doesn't matter. But I have been perplexed over the years by the occasional comment about his hind being straight when I don't think it meets that definition. Horses that toe out because they are close behind are not a dime a dozen and that fact could be easily missed. If you are looking at a horse in profile and don't realize they are toeing out, the leg will necessarily look straighter.

That is the only explanation I can come up with to explain these comments. I have looked at my horse's hind in exact profile too many times to count. If he is toeing out you have to stand slightly behind him to get a true profile of the leg. I don't think it meets to definition of straight or even a little straight.


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