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This is an extreme example of a conformation fault called “back at the knee” or “calf-kneed”. The foreleg hyperextends (bends backward) because the knee is set too far back in relation to the leg.  Calf-kneed horses often do not remain sound due to the strain on the ligaments and tendons of the forelegs, sometimes leading to career-ending chipped bones in the knee.

Back at the knee

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Description: This is an extreme example of a conformation fault called “back at the knee” or “calf-kneed”. The foreleg hyperextends (bends backward) because the knee is set too far back in relation to the leg. Calf-kneed horses often do not remain sound due to the strain on the ligaments and tendons of the forelegs, sometimes leading to career-ending chipped bones in the knee.

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