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Icelandic Horse Connection

Toeing In / Out, and Winging In / Out

There are quite a few Icelandic Horses that toe-out, which is a conformational fault according to the breed standard and FEIF rules. We need to make a concerted effort to eradicate crooked limbs from the breed.

Icelandic Horse toe-out

Icelandic Horse toe-out

Icelandic Horse toe-out

Icelandic Horse toe-out

Icelandic Horse toe-out

Icelandic Horse toe-out

WINGING-IN: A deviation in gait in which the hoof arcs inward (under the horse) in flight. Winging-in is often seen in horses with toed-out conformation, and may lead to interference.

WINGING-OUT: A deviation in gait in which the hoof arcs outward in flight. Winging-out is often seen in horses with toed-in conformation, and while it is more obvious to the untrained eye than winging-in, it is less likely to cause interference. a.k.a: Paddling.

With toeing-out, winging in, the flight is INWARD, as the hoof leaves the ground, to the center line.

With toeing-in, winging out, the flight is OUTWARD, as the hoof leaves the ground, away from center line.



From Adams' Lameness:

A "cow hocked" horse will usually also "toe out," and a horse that is "bow legged" will usually "toe in."

A horse that "paddles," or "wings," or is "hocky" will exert much more energy in movement to move ahead without falling over himself, or "interfering," and causes fatigue faster, than in a horse that travels "true."

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