Straight hocks

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  1. emali06

    emali06 Senior Member

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    I wasn't sure where to put this.

    Would a horse that presents with relatively straight hocks as a 1.5 year old still have that angulation as an adult?
     
  2. manesntails

    manesntails Senior Member

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    Yep.
    You can't change bone structure.
     
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  3. slc

    slc Senior Member

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    In general, yes. The angle of the hock is set very early in life, though the appearance may change as the animal develops and fills out, the straight hock would still be there. There is a tendency in some breeds to breed horses for too little angulation at the hock, so in some breeds you see lots of individuals like that.
     
  4. ginster

    ginster Senior Member

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    You mean like halter bred qh? Some of them are so posty they can barely function..
     
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    Baboo Senior Member

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    In my experience, yes. There would be minimal change as the horse matures.
     
  6. emali06

    emali06 Senior Member

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    Thanks everyone. An opportunity came up to purchase a friends filly that I've always liked. Not exactly what I was looking for but would do the trick for me. Take a look at the filly and let me know what you think. She would be for ranch riding, ranch trail and cowboy dressage. I haven't seen her in person but will be checking her out on friday. She is about 18 months

    I know these photos are not ideal but its what I have to work with now.

    TRYING REALLY HARD NOT TO BE BLINDED BY HER COLOR LOL

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  7. ginster

    ginster Senior Member

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    Do you have one of her squared up with the camera pointed at her middle?
    I think the one of her standing makes here hocks look a lot straighter than the one of her moving..
     
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  8. emali06

    emali06 Senior Member

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    Unfortunately no. I've scoured the internet lol. She came from an 1800 acre ranch in the town I use to live. Not handled until about 1 year ago. Grade, appaloosa thing.
     
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    emali06 Senior Member

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    There is this one but I don't like it. Photos from above always make horses legs look awful LOL

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  10. slc

    slc Senior Member

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    It isn't a horse I'd choose for myself to take up the levels in dressage. The hocks' straightness would be a part of that decision. She may be fine for what you want to do. Cowboy dressage is very different from regular dressage.
     
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