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Conformation

     

Q7)  What are some common gait defects or interferences?

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When one front leg strikes the other, some common interferences include ankle hitting, shin hitting, knee hitting, forearm hitting.  This is common in horses that toe-out.

 

When viewing trotting or pacing gaits from the side, look for scalping, speedy cutting, shin hitting or hock hitting, cross-firing or forging.

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When viewing movement from the front or rear, look for paddling, which results from toe-in conformation or winging inward, which results from toe-out conformation.  In the example below, paddling is on the left, winging inward is on the right.

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The ideal way of going is in a straight line.

 

There are many excellent resources available.  In addition to the list below, visit the Conformation area of the online catalog.

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