Leg conformation flaws in the Catalan Jackass
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Ateleology studies defects in leg conformation. As there are no published ateleological researches on leg conformational flaws for the 'Raça Asinina Catalana' (Catalan jackass), this work aims to offer an approach to the leg conformation in this asinine breed. To achieve this goal, we performed a visual static study on 45 adult specimens (15 males and 30 females), aged from 2 to 17 years. All animals were from the same farm. We followed the classically established protocols: front, anterior left and right side, left and right rear side, and rear views. Defects detected but also individuals' body condition were noted for each animal. Percentage estimate of each defect, comparison between the sexes and correlation with age and body condition were subsequently done. All animals presented 'knock knees' (the animal shows the knees tilted to the inner side) and most (82.2%) presented the 'hollow of hocks'. No knee defects appeared, as well as serious defects in the hocks. Small or uneven helmets were also not observed. Percentages obtained did not show statistically significant differences between genders only for the left ('open feet'), with 80% vs 36.7% in males and females respectively. Although under no circumstances can the defects detected be considered serious or with functional repercussions, it is proposed that the weighting currently given in the judgement of leg conformation should be stronger, in order to stimulate the use of animals with a greater correction of their limbs, especially those that had a negative correlation with the body condition (caudal deviation of the knee, 'knock hocks' and 'bow hocks').