Thought, fact and quote for the day 9/2/12
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Thought, fact and quote for the day 9/2/12

Thought 4the day: Sometimes you have to be guarded as to what you say or how you say things as its the easiest option in life. Horses and ponies are the same. Everyone has a life story. Not one can say they haven't. Not all of our four legged friends are too bothered about their past and live in the now and the tomorrow not what happened or why. Helping them is to treat them as if their not victim...s but survivors or your making them relive things they chose to forget. You do get the ones that are very very angry and it can take so much time to get through to these if at all. Their anger is from the past these luckily are rare. Sometimes professional help might need to be sorted if your not ready to deal with an angry horse. You also get the ones that act like who me i got hurt did i? Forgetful could be used lol Or you could say they have moved on. Horses are just like us if not more forgiving i might say. Let them move on don't keep making them relive. As we always say 'The past is the past let them look forward to the future!'
Quote 4the day: No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses.
Fact4 the day: Conformation of the feet and base

Toeing out causing the horse to wing-in with his front legs.
Toe-Out/Splay Footed
The horse's feet are turned away from each other
Common fault
Causes winging motion that may lead to interfering injury around fetlock or splint.
As horse wings inward, there is a chance that he may step on himself, stumble, and fall.
A horse that is “tied in behind the elbow” has restricted movement of the upper arm because there is less clearance for the humerus (it angles into the body too much). Reduced clearance of legs causes horse to toe-out to compensate.

Toe-In, Pigeon-Toed
Toes of hooves face in toward each other
Common fault
Pigeon-toes cause excess strain on the outside of the lower structures of the limb as the horse hits hard on the outside hoof wall. This often leads to high or low ringbone. The horse is also predisposed to sidebone and sole bruising.
The horse moves with a paddling motion, wasting energy and hastening fatigue so that he has less stamina.

Base narrow in front.
Base Narrow in Front: Toed-Out or Toed-In
The feet are closer together and more under the body than the shoulders
Fairly common fault
Base-narrow, toed-out: Stresses the outside structures of the limb, especially the outside of the foot. Causes a winging motion, leading to interfering. Predisposes the horse to plaiting. The horse tends to hit himself more when fatigued.
Base narrow, toed-in: Excessive strain on the lateral structures of fetlock, pastern, and outside of hoof wall. Causes the horse to paddle.
The horse is least suited for speed or agility sports.

Base Wide in Front: Toed-In or Toed-Out
The horse stands with its feet placed wider at the shoulders, often associated with a narrow chest.
Uncommon fault
Base wide, toed-out: the horse lands hard on the outside of the hoof wall and places excessive strain on the medial structures of the fetlock and pastern, leading to ringbone or sidebone, & potentially spraining structures of the carpus. The horse will wing in, possibly leading to an interference injury or overload injury of the splint bone.
Base wide, toed-in: the horse lands hard on the inside hoof wall, placing stress on the medial structures of limb. The horse will also paddle.

Stands Close Behind/Base Narrow Behind
With a plumb line from the point of buttock, the lower legs & feet are placed more toward the midline than the regions of hips & thigh, with a plumb line falling to the outside of the lower leg from the hock downward. Usually accompanied by bow-legged conformation.
A fairly common fault, especially in heavily muscled horses like Quarter Horses.
The hooves tend to wing in, so the horse is more likely to interfere. If the hocks touch, they may also interfere.
The horse can’t develop speed for rapid acceleration.
The outside of the hocks, fetlocks, & hooves receive excessive stress & pressure. This leads to DJD, ligament strain, hoof bruising, & quarter cracks.
The horse is best for non-speed sports & those that don’t require spins, dodges, or tight turns.
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