Cow hocks is a misalignment in the physique of farm animals (e.g. domestic animals , livestock ) and game in which the hocks of the hind legs are turned inwards and thus the toes point outwards. This malposition is usually rated negatively in the animals. Such misalignments can often be corrected in horses and other solipeds with special hoof fittings, in cattle and other cloven-hoofed animals with appropriate hoof care.
Hans Geyer, Christoph Lischer: Handbook for the care and treatment of claws in cattle [ed. Veterinary Faculty of the University of Zurich] . 2nd Edition. Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart 2000, ISBN 3-906679-77-2 , p. 157 (page 44) .