Cow Hocked

Horses October 11, 2011 Print Friendly and PDF
Cow hocked horse

Cow-hocked describes a conformation in which the hocks are closer together than the fetlocks when viewed from behind. This conformation variation can vary from mild to extreme.

Horses that are more severely cow-hocked tend to have more difficulty with movements that require work off the hindquarters, such as stopping, turning, and sliding.

For more information, see Relating Form to Function: Horse's Rear Legs, Rear View.