Lady, I'm not able to answer you too promptly this week or the past two weeks, because I'm in Australia on my annual teaching tour here, and have not had Internet access every day. Further, even when I'm in the office there are times when I just can't get much time to answer. So please try to be patient and we will answer as it is possible.
As to your query: this has been addressed many times in my articles in Equus Magazine, in my "Principles of Conformation" books, and in other articles published in other magazines at other times. Further, if you'll go to Google, enter "advanced search", and then get the page it gives you: dub our Forum address into the bottom line, and put your keyword/search terms in the upper line where it asks for them. The keywords are: plane of assessment or planes of assessment. This will pull threads from this Forum in which I describe and illustrate why horses toe out, and what you have to learn to look for first in figuring out why your particular horse toes out. So you go teach yourself about the forelimb planes of assessment, and then if you still have a question, please feel free to write in here again and ask. -- Dr. Deb
Not sure if I completely missed something but I didnt really find anything that helped much. I did find one thread that showed a horse with a posture problem, and I think my colt may have more of a posture problem than a conformation problem. I am attaching a pic I took of him from last month in case that helps :)
When you do the advanced google search, try putting this address in; http://esiforum.mywowbb.com/
then the search words; plane of assessment or planes of assessment. I had allot of very helpful search results come up, including a thread on toeing out.
Lots of great reading!
Lady -- Really? You didn't key in the words 'plane of assessment' as I asked? That should have pulled up the discussion at least for the hind limbs, but I am absolutely sure that I did discuss forelimbs at some length here. Let's see. I'll just hop over to Google myself right now and see what that pulls up:
The second thread in particular should be helpful to you.
Now that I've done your work for you, Lady, would you mind doing me the courtesy of:
(1) Actually reading the threads suggested; and
(2) Asking a specific question when you next write in. To answer the one you did already ask -- 'toed out' conformation or stance is not caused by lack of muscling. My aim in asking that you study the above discussions is to raise you to a point where you can identify what the problem or cause actually is. -- Dr. Deb