Conformation Concerns

What common hind-leg conformation is least worrisome to you in horses?

Stands wide behind
Stands close behind
Bow legs
Cow hocks
Other (please explain below)

Total votes cast: 652

Comments & Write-in Answers

too-straight hocks affect performance more than some of the other faults listed.

2/1/2014 9:33:08 PM

Sometimes a horse that jumps great is a little cow hocked

2/1/2014 12:52:41 PM

when in motion, cow hocked horses hocks straighten.

2/1/2014 5:55:05 AM

long pasterns &/or coon-foot

1/31/2014 6:24:37 PM

Not concerned unless it causes gait interference, lameness, hoof imbalance, arthritis, etc

1/31/2014 1:01:57 PM

too straight in the hocks, which reduces shock absorbtion for the back

1/31/2014 9:22:39 AM

Standing closer behind is proper conformation for a Paso Fino. A wide stance would be a problem.

1/30/2014 9:19:46 PM

Click noise followed by an unrhythmic stride

1/30/2014 5:36:59 PM

I don't like any conformation flaws, as they all on some level can affect future performance.

1/30/2014 5:22:40 PM

Bog spavins

1/30/2014 10:54:28 AM

I would not worry about any of them. A horse will comensate for it's own conformations.

1/30/2014 10:12:23 AM

stands under

1/30/2014 9:38:23 AM

My horse is an OTTB who has close-together hind legs, and it doesn't affect him now in any way.

1/30/2014 8:45:07 AM

Sickle hocks....

1/30/2014 12:04:58 AM

minor cow hocks not a bad thing

1/29/2014 7:59:53 PM

Sickle Hocks

1/29/2014 6:56:27 PM

as a farrier havent seen too horses go lame from being slightly cow hocked

1/29/2014 2:24:02 PM

As long as the condition is NOT EXTREME.

1/29/2014 1:33:35 PM

post legged

1/29/2014 1:28:40 PM

Post legged

1/29/2014 1:02:43 PM

Slight cow hocks don't bother me. Severe cow hocks are another matter.

1/29/2014 12:09:11 PM

Slight sickle hocks

1/29/2014 11:46:58 AM

Long pasterns

1/29/2014 11:27:12 AM

a slight cow hock can mean the horse has more power and better extended gaits

1/29/2014 11:15:50 AM

Hocks out behind

1/29/2014 10:57:25 AM

And horses that are peg legged (straight up and down)

1/29/2014 10:49:47 AM

Weak suspensory.

1/29/2014 10:48:38 AM

elongated pasterns. at a 45º angle from hock is pushing it for me but anything below that is okay.

1/29/2014 10:47:04 AM

Post legged

1/29/2014 8:34:18 AM

i don't know

1/29/2014 7:49:34 AM

Post legged

1/28/2014 5:06:31 PM

Sickle hocks

1/28/2014 1:54:19 PM

all of the above!

1/28/2014 12:10:14 PM

IMO, I'm not sure any one is less worrisome than another when it comes to equine athletes.

1/28/2014 8:14:44 AM