Capped hock + showing on line line? Should I even bother?
My coming 2yr old filly capped her hock at the hospital while she was crashing. Thankfully, she has recovered from her near death-experience and has been very healthy since. She is blossoming, and is a lovely mover. But, her left-hind has a slightly capped hock. I would like to take her out for some general show experience, and have HB, FEH, and Dressage-breeding shows available. Is there a particular ring that is more forgiving to this cosmetic issue, or should I just leave her home? I could probably find some local fair-type things, but they'd most-likely conflict with my other horses show schedules.
Actually a capped hock is not a conformational defect so should not matter when showing on the line, it would basically be the same as having a scar. Saying it should not matter, but accept the fact that it could.
I doubt it would matter at a dressage sport horse breed show. They are certainly less focused on cosmetic issues than the hunter breeding shows. I try to get all of my youngsters to DSHB shows--it's just a great experience for them to be in a show environment. I certainly wouldn't leave her home.
^^^^^^^^ This. You are correct that it is a cosmetic flaw, not a conformational one like toeing in or sickle hocked. There are things you can do to reduce it if it is a new injury - did the vets do anything?
I had a young horse I showed in HB. He had a scar on his side from a gate injury. He was 2nd a Devon and won in our Zone so it did not hurt him too much but it will count against you ( same as splints).
Depends on the judge. I have a yearling filly that had an injury to her hind leg. It left a small lump & scar. It is clearly an injury and she is sound on it. Her first show the judge told the handler to not bother bringing her out again until the blemish was gone.
Took her out one month later and she won her class and was reserve BYH.
I'll never forget the first question Oliver Brown asked me over the phone before seeing/agreeing to show/ and winning with Claim to Fame!!........
"He doesn't have a capped hock, does he?"..
He had just had a devistating loss on the line with a nice colt that had a capped hock!.
So my guess is yes, it will definately count against you in the big Hunter Breeding shows!