Confounding Conformation

Which forelimb conformation defect worries you most?

Toeing in/pigeon-toed
Toeing out/splay-footed
Buck or calf knees
Knock knees or carpal valgus
Bowlegs or carpal varus

Total votes cast: 766

Comments & Write-in Answers

bench knees

10/13/2013 10:07:15 PM

All of the above

10/12/2013 7:37:48 PM

Any variation from straight can cause lameness eventually

10/11/2013 3:20:09 PM

knock knees - I worry about stress on surrounding structures - also with toeing out, bowlegged etc e

10/11/2013 2:55:36 PM

This question has varible anwsers based on the ages of the horse, as many may looked to be a problem

10/11/2013 9:37:22 AM

Calf knees much worse than buck knees.

10/10/2013 11:03:31 PM

Back at the knee

10/10/2013 6:47:34 PM

Flat feet

10/10/2013 6:31:03 PM

Heard too much about the strain back-at-the-knees puts on tendons and ligaments - no, thanks.

10/10/2013 5:44:58 PM

Worries me how? Do you mean which would cause me not to buy a horse? All above.

10/10/2013 5:41:42 PM

Club foot

10/10/2013 4:03:12 PM

Shoeing issues

10/10/2013 3:27:50 PM

tripping, toe stubbing

10/10/2013 10:43:16 AM

All the above depending on the horse's activity. What matters in QH may not matter in Thoroughbreds

10/10/2013 10:41:47 AM

Because the risk of injury is greater, considering that the horse could touch himself during movemen

10/10/2013 10:41:18 AM

It would depend on the age of the horse as to which one would worry me the most at the time.

10/10/2013 9:26:11 AM

All of the above!

10/10/2013 8:45:59 AM

Coon footed or calf kneed would be of greater concern. Corrective shoeing can help toe in/out to som

10/10/2013 2:57:47 AM

All of them. People need to be careful what they're breeding for.

10/10/2013 2:10:16 AM

Club foot

10/10/2013 1:14:32 AM

Back at the knee (or calf knees) by far.

10/10/2013 12:21:50 AM

Long Pasterns

10/9/2013 11:57:49 PM

club hooves

10/9/2013 10:35:30 PM

club foot

10/9/2013 9:56:23 PM

Over at the knee

10/9/2013 8:23:55 PM

slite club foot and her leg turns out a little, I'm worried about correct shoeing.

10/9/2013 7:12:09 PM

all of the above

10/9/2013 6:33:36 PM

degenerative superficial digital flexor tendons

10/9/2013 5:45:50 PM

And defect!

10/9/2013 5:35:33 PM

Back in the knees is the worst. Then Bowlegs.

10/9/2013 4:53:24 PM

club foot

10/9/2013 4:26:11 PM

The last 3 are deal breakers for me!

10/9/2013 4:15:41 PM

club foot

10/9/2013 3:49:40 PM

Odd to lump calf knees with buck knees. Undefeated racer St. Simons buck knees

10/9/2013 3:39:51 PM

Toeing in/out no big deal. But bad foot conformation is the worse. No foot no horse!

10/9/2013 2:33:14 PM

Buck knees don't bother me at all. Calf knees do. A lot.

10/9/2013 2:32:38 PM

My Arabian gelding has buck knees, so far sound (age 16) but he does stumble sometimes...

10/9/2013 11:48:07 AM

Calf knees can be a severe problem, Buck knees rarely. They should not have been listed together.

10/9/2013 1:21:23 AM

long low pasterns

10/8/2013 11:30:21 PM

But they ALL bother me

10/8/2013 8:24:27 PM

they can all be a problem sometimes depending on severaty and job to be done

10/8/2013 6:14:53 PM


10/8/2013 6:11:28 PM

toeing in/out doesn't worry me as much as the others - club foot is ok if not severe.

10/8/2013 6:04:02 PM

Any of these are bad if extreme. Very mild deviations are usually ok. Depends on horse's purpose.

10/8/2013 4:31:06 PM

poor proportions and angles in the bones and joints

10/8/2013 11:17:05 AM

Oh, to have a perfect horse!!!

10/8/2013 9:29:18 AM

Umm, all of them?

10/8/2013 9:07:25 AM

They're all pretty concerning from a soundness standpoint.

10/8/2013 8:41:05 AM