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PROPER HOCK CONFORMATIONA plumb line should fallfrom the point of the hipto the back of the hock tothe back of the fetlock.
STRAIGHT HOCK CONFORMATION Because this horse has NO angulation to his hock, theplumb lines falls to the groundwithout touching the hock or the fetlock. This horse has NO shock absorption!
POOR CONFORMATION LEADS TO LAMENESSStraight hocks result inincreased concussive forces inthe hind limbsThis young horse will notonly be incrediblyuncomfortable to ride, he ispredisposed to arthritis andupward ﬁxation of the patella(locking stiﬂe).