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Sickle-hocked horses have too much angle or set to their hocks, roughly forming the shape of a sickle from the hip down. These horses are predisposed to curbs, hard enlargements of the plantar ligament on the rear cannon bone below the hock.  Never-the-less, some sickle-hocked horses may have useful performance careers provided potential soundness issues are dealt with promptly.

Sickle-hocked rear leg

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Description: Sickle-hocked horses have too much angle or set to their hocks, roughly forming the shape of a sickle from the hip down. These horses are predisposed to curbs, hard enlargements of the plantar ligament on the rear cannon bone below the hock. Never-the-less, some sickle-hocked horses may have useful performance careers provided potential soundness issues are dealt with promptly.

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