My horse went through the Future Event Horse program and was incredibly successful. However I’m certain after all is said and done he won’t make it to anywhere near the upper level of the sport. My horse even had an article written about him about how great his conformation is. Reviewing his FEH conformation score sheets and articles I noticed that a lot of stuff commented on the positives he had but nothing negative that would limit his career. And I don’t know what I don’t know. We don’t know what we don’t know. And that’s okay.
Now, these various judges and people that have looked at him over the years to include vets… nobody remarked on his straight hocks. I did lean heavily on these remarks, scores, articles, vets, etc to feel somewhat confident in his conformation. He’s absolutely beautiful with no glaring faults but clearly I am not as educated as I could be.
Do you think these people that looked at him and judged him knew he had straight hocks? Do you think they knew the implications of what this could cause? My wife who is my farrier can only shrug at me and say this is what happens with purpose bred breeding. (Me trying to do better and buy purpose bred so I’m not fitting a square peg in a round hole.)
I have no negative feelings about his history nor do I think this was done intentionally. It just is what it is. We all did the best we could. My horse ended up with bilateral proximal suspensory desmitis of the hind limbs secondary to this conformational fault.
I want to ask on this forum here specifically in the sport horse breeding how you feel about straight hocks. Is this part of developing better purpose bred horses? How do you determine if a hock is too straight? I read that anything over 160 degrees is going to be prone to suspensory issues but depending on how my horse is standing the angle can be manipulated. What is the ideal hock conformation for eventers or dressage horses? If you have a picture I would love to see it.