Wanna play backseat horse shopper? Here’s your chance. I’m going to put this out here and see if anyone else sees what I saw. When we looked at this horse, I noticed a problem that even the trainer hadn’t noticed. She’s now going to have the horse checked by a vet.
Honestly, it was easier to notice the problem as the horse was moving around and getting into this position, but the position is the key. I’m kind of hoping maybe someone has seen this before and can tell me if it’s solvable.
Do you see what I see?
Here’s an even more exaggerated shot:
A full Horse Shopping report on this mare to follow.
She can't properly reach the ground to graze. She has to giraffe her forelegs, poor kid.
I keyed on the extended foreleg and thought founder was what you were talking about. The few (damn few, luckily) cases I've seen they rocked back off the sore foot as much as they could.
I am pretty sure horses shouldn't be able to get into the position in the second pic. She looks like a contortionist!
It may be just the photo, but she also looks club-footed (is that the right term?) in the first photo. I'd worry about muscle imbalance higher up even if it's coming from the hoof/leg.
Yeah, it would be a bit funny of a trainer to miss a big old club foot like that, though. Curious to see what it is, though!
I agree! My thought was that the trainer might have noticed the club foot, but not the stance, and my (minimal) understanding is that having a foot like that can lead to imbalanced stances while eating.. (or, OK, chicken and egg – which came first, I don't know enough theory to talk intelligently on this one) although not to that extreme.
I noticed the club foot, but I'm having a feeling it has something to do with the over-extended front leg….