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  1. #1
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    Default over flexion of the fetlock

    ok just a paranoia question here I've been looking at some photos of my boy and he seems to be overflexing when we take off for jumps, his fetlocks nearly touch the ground. I'll post a photo to prove it :) I looked at a couple other horses jumping photos and none I've seen are doing this. Is it something to worry about? I just find it weird. It is the near side (only leg that I see on the ground properly in the photos) that is doing it which is the leg he wrenched in race training. do I need to worry? he is completeley sound and happy no pain, jumping enthusiasticly etc...he is bigger and heavier than all other horses I've compared to would this make a difference? The hind legs also are doing this too....I'm a bit worried.

    http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...e/img_0299.jpg

    http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...e/img_0298.jpg

    ps if the photographer had understood my camera then I wouldn't see this :)


    http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...psie/gem01.jpg

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    Default RE: over flexion of the fetlock

    Looks like the approach was a canter, and Im not a anything as far as jumping goes and couldnt tell you if that is the norm, BUT in saying that I have studied the horses lower leg in flight (that of race horses and performance) and you would be horrified if you seen the slowed down frame by frame movie of a horse galloping. It shows the flight of the foot and how it touches the ground and what happens to the leg. Which is the same as your fella is doing in the pictures. The fetlock in the film comes down and almost comes into contact with the ground before springing back up. And you say he is sound, so I wouldnt worry too much. The near side front looks to be the leg he was leading on so naturally it would have 'sunk' further down than the other, having landed marginally before the off side.
    If you ever see the film of foot in flight, it seriously makes you think twice about ripping horses around at high speed!!!!

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    Default RE: over flexion of the fetlock

    From other jumping photos I have seen I would think it is fairly normal.

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    Default RE: over flexion of the fetlock

    Hehe, now I remember why I have 1600+ photos saved on my computer... Normal! It's also really common in flat work. I was going to post a pic of Bunny cantering as he's also "over-flexing" but Weltmeyer does it so much better. Bit hard to see, sorry.
    http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b3.../Weltmeyer.jpg

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    Default RE: over flexion of the fetlock

    yep, this is normal. I noticed this on my mare the other day, and it was a photo of us just doing flatwork.. I'm not sure if I still have the photo but if I do, I'll try and post it. Don't worry, it's normal.

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