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This horse had two major conformational flaws on the hind legs, 1) weak hocks and 2) post-legged.  Weak hocks mean the horse’s hocks are disproportionately small for its body, and increase chances for injury from concussion and strain on all of the hind limb joints. That horse is post-legged means its legs are too upright - too straight.  The stifle, hock, and pastern joints each should be more angled.  Relatively straight joints limit the horse’s ability to absorb shock as it moves, and greatly increase chances of a concussion injury or unsoundness.

Conformation: Post-legged and weak hocks

Credit: Marci Rene' Charest

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Description: This horse had two major conformational flaws on the hind legs, 1) weak hocks and 2) post-legged. Weak hocks mean the horse’s hocks are disproportionately small for its body, and increase chances for injury from concussion and strain on all of the hind limb joints. That horse is post-legged means its legs are too upright - too straight. The stifle, hock, and pastern joints each should be more angled. Relatively straight joints limit the horse’s ability to absorb shock as it moves, and greatly increase chances of a concussion injury or unsoundness.

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