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CrossCreek
Reg. Mar 2007
Posted 2018-08-07 2:46 PM (#7404541)
Subject: Toed in horse, would you buy???



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Found my dream horse, 2 yo... she’s slightly toed in in front. Very correct all the way down but toes in slightly from pastern down. Would you walk away or still consider her? Thank you...
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Liana D
Reg. Sep 2008
Posted 2018-08-07 3:09 PM (#7404545 - in reply to #7404541)
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A toed in horse is most likely going to develop sidebones because they hit on
The outside of the foot first. They’re also prone to ankle problems and wearing the cartilage out on the outside of the ankle. Proper shoeing can help manage it.
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Oregoncwgrl1
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Posted 2018-08-07 7:33 PM (#7404565 - in reply to #7404541)
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It would depend on the severity...I've had three over the years that toed in slightly...and I have never had any issues with soundness with mine. They were all relatives if each other, but had long successful careers:). If it is slight it wouldn't scare me.
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Southtxponygirl
Reg. Nov 2006
Posted 2018-08-07 7:37 PM (#7404567 - in reply to #7404541)
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Just depends on how bad they toe in., I have had a few over the years and never had a issue, just make sure your farrier knows what they are doing. Now if they really toe in and paddle pretty bad then I would think really hard on it.
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3TurnsonSpud
Reg. Apr 2005
Posted 2018-08-07 9:09 PM (#7404570 - in reply to #7404541)
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A horse I competed on in HS was very pigeon toed. He was sound until the day he died and competed at his last rodeo at age 23..
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Silly Filly
Reg. Feb 2004
Posted 2018-08-08 9:33 AM (#7404599 - in reply to #7404541)
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Best horse we ever had was pigeon toed.  He stayed sound his entire life, died when he was 32.
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oija
Reg. Feb 2012
Posted 2018-08-08 9:47 AM (#7404601 - in reply to #7404541)
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We have two that toe in. Both roping mares of my husband's. They have managed pretty well and had long competitive lives with good shoeing. But yes, you will need to manage it carefully.
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horsegirl
Reg. Feb 2004
Posted 2018-08-08 9:59 AM (#7404604 - in reply to #7404541)
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My farrier mentioned the other day that he loves nothing more than a horse that is very slightly toed in. He said they could really use themselves. I do not agree with him, but...
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dashnlotti
Reg. Aug 2009
Posted 2018-08-08 2:14 PM (#7404633 - in reply to #7404541)
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I have two that are slightly toed in. One of my barrel horses, and one of my husband's rope horses. The only issue we've ever had was a farrier that attempted to "fix" my husband's horse a few years ago...the farrier changed his angles so much that it caused him to injure his joint capsule. After X-rays, we pulled his shoes, and turned him out for 6 months and he's been sound ever since with his pigeon toes.
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BarrelRacing4Christ
Reg. Sep 2010
Posted 2018-08-08 7:59 PM (#7404660 - in reply to #7404541)
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As long as it isn't an extreme toe in, it wouldn't phase me.
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luckygirl04
Reg. Jan 2009
Posted 2018-08-12 2:31 AM (#7404915 - in reply to #7404541)
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Honestly for me in this case the answer is no. I’ve noticed with how many rodeos and barrel races we go to if something is not right conformation wise then the horse won’t hold up. So that’s an issue for me
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barrelracinbroke
Reg. Jun 2004
Posted 2018-08-12 2:37 PM (#7404953 - in reply to #7404541)
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I would buy a toed-in horse vs a toed-out horse alllllllllllll day long! Toed-in is low on the list of concerns for me. If I like the horse, it would have to be pretty severe for me to pass it up.  
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got boost?
Reg. Sep 2003
Posted 2018-08-12 4:52 PM (#7404967 - in reply to #7404953)
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barrelracinbroke - 2018-08-12 12:37 PM I would buy a toed-in horse vs a toed-out horse alllllllllllll day long! Toed-in is low on the list of concerns for me. If I like the horse, it would have to be pretty severe for me to pass it up.  

well Ive bought an open proven mare that was slightly toed out no problems ever.  Then bought a yearling sight unseen from a breeder that we had purchased about 6 horses from and surprise he is a toed out son of a gun........Heck his right leg is kinda splayed.............ugh...............and paid a small fortune for..........because of his breeding.  anyway he is 5 and I haven't had any problems what so ever.  I know he is still young but never trips interferes or anything................I would never do that again and I learned a big lesson.  it did change my mind on not perfect straight legged horses though...................so with an adjustment in the price I would consider it............proven though I would look at prospect never unless it was cheap 
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barrelracinbroke
Reg. Jun 2004
Posted 2018-08-13 1:10 AM (#7405027 - in reply to #7404967)
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got boost? - 2018-08-12 2:52 PM
barrelracinbroke - 2018-08-12 12:37 PM I would buy a toed-in horse vs a toed-out horse alllllllllllll day long! Toed-in is low on the list of concerns for me. If I like the horse, it would have to be pretty severe for me to pass it up.  
well Ive bought an open proven mare that was slightly toed out no problems ever.  Then bought a yearling sight unseen from a breeder that we had purchased about 6 horses from and surprise he is a toed out son of a gun........Heck his right leg is kinda splayed.............ugh...............and paid a small fortune for..........because of his breeding.  anyway he is 5 and I haven't had any problems what so ever.  I know he is still young but never trips interferes or anything................I would never do that again and I learned a big lesson.  it did change my mind on not perfect straight legged horses though...................so with an adjustment in the price I would consider it............proven though I would look at prospect never unless it was cheap 

I've actually noticed quite a few of the studs that have become popular over the past decade seem to throw some toed out babies. Doesn't mean these horses can't make it. Some make it big. But, it's not something I want in a prospect because of my personal experiences. Not only in hitting themselves but, with inner knee issues. And I'm not talking a slight toe out from the pastern down, I'm talking truly splay footed.

Yet, I've had multiple pigeon toed horses and never had an issue. That being said, I do look deeper at certain things if they're toed in. For example, I'll pass if they're also bench kneed.

Bottom line, we each learn from our own personal experiences. And, even the most straight legged horses can have issues.

 
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CrossCreek
Reg. Mar 2007
Posted 2018-08-13 2:16 PM (#7405106 - in reply to #7404541)
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thanks for sharing your thoughts...filly in question is 2 yo, own daughter of a very very famous barrel sire. I love everything else about her, including the way she rides ( she's only had 60 days )...she's gorgeous and sweet, and only toed n slightly from pastern down. SO...I BOUGHT HER! Thank all of ya'll!
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barrelracinbroke
Reg. Jun 2004
Posted 2018-08-13 3:52 PM (#7405119 - in reply to #7405106)
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CrossCreek - 2018-08-13 12:16 PM thanks for sharing your thoughts...filly in question is 2 yo, own daughter of a very very famous barrel sire. I love everything else about her, including the way she rides ( she's only had 60 days )...she's gorgeous and sweet, and only toed n slightly from pastern down. SO...I BOUGHT HER! Thank all of ya'll!

Based on that, I would've bought her too. Congrats!! 
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Chandler's Mom
Reg. Jan 2015
Posted 2018-08-13 9:17 PM (#7405136 - in reply to #7405106)
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CrossCreek - 2018-08-13 2:16 PM

thanks for sharing your thoughts...filly in question is 2 yo, own daughter of a very very famous barrel sire. I love everything else about her, including the way she rides ( she's only had 60 days )...she's gorgeous and sweet, and only toed n slightly from pastern down. SO...I BOUGHT HER! Thank all of ya'll!

Congratulations and good luck
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