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post #41 of 64 Old 09-12-2013, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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@ DHW - yes, he was being held rather short, sorry :/ Was not the best time to be trying to take a video. Both neighbors were out mowing & weed eating & one had a burn pile going. Add that to the horse-eating dog we saw, and all he wanted to do was stand and stare, lol. I had to keep his lead short to keep him moving and stop him from trying to turn in/nip.

@ flytobecat, smrobs, horselover1 - yes, his left hind is what concerned me. He seems to move it differently, maybe due to his confo? or to an old injury? I will have it checked out when he goes to the vet. It does not seem to be causing him any pain, and he moves around just fine - you should see him running in his field - so i am not going to bring the vet out just for that reason.

One last video i took today - i promise this is the last. He is moving much freer here, and perhaps it will be easier to judge.

Thank-you to everyone who took the time to look/ give their opinions.
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post #42 of 64 Old 09-12-2013, 02:00 PM
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To me , he looks uncomfortable with the "family jewels" there, and is trying to avoid hitting them. It may well resolve after gelding!

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post #43 of 64 Old 09-12-2013, 03:26 PM
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Originally Posted by greentree View Post
To me , he looks uncomfortable with the "family jewels" there, and is trying to avoid hitting them. It may well resolve after gelding!

now THERE is an interesting idea...
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post #44 of 64 Old 09-12-2013, 03:30 PM
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I've seen plenty of youngsters look this wonky, especially when they didn't have the best nutrition in this oh so critical stage of life. He's now in the best hands and has all the chance in the world to grow out of it and into the nice horse he's meant to be. He will straighten out, and fill out with time. If it happens fast or takes two or more years, who cares. Important is that now he CAN!
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post #45 of 64 Old 09-13-2013, 12:09 AM
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Greentree, I was thinking the same as you as I watched the videos, although I wasn't necessarily thinking of his jewels, just that he was walking like he had something stuck between his rear legs. LOL

Could he be bowlegged? Have you checked up between his hind legs to make sure there no sores or raw spots?

By the way Cobra, good on you for giving him a better home. He's a handsome dude and looking much healthier under your care.
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post #46 of 64 Old 09-13-2013, 12:47 AM
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Pretty boy!!! I can't watch vids well enough to bother on this old computer, so only off pics. He's very straight through the stifles & 'hippy'. I'd think it'd be a good move to have a good chiro vet check him out. Any previous trauma - including birthing trauma, if it is fixable, is more easily fixed in immature bodies.
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post #47 of 64 Old 09-13-2013, 01:10 AM
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Originally Posted by JCnGrace View Post
Could he be bowlegged? Have you checked up between his hind legs to make sure there no sores or raw spots?
He's definitely not bow-legged. He's actually pretty substantially cowhocked...which might be a part of his problem and one of the reasons that he travels so funky.
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post #48 of 64 Old 09-13-2013, 09:31 AM
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I got to watch the latest video, finally! One of the joys of living in the boondocks, a sketchy internet connection.

His head bobs down, it looks like, which would indicate a front leg, usually. He is really adorable, and you are doing a fantastic job working with him!

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post #49 of 64 Old 09-13-2013, 09:48 AM
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I recently attended a lameness evaluation at Purdue large animal hospital (they have each year a one day open house for horse people and demonstrate the newest diagnostic tools). They stressed that even for experienced Vets it is sometimes difficult to locate lameness. We were demonstrated a new device they are using, the lameness locator:
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The horse we tried it out had a head bob and he was lame on his left hind, a stifle issue. So head bob does not mean anything with respect to localizing necessarily. My feeling is that it certainly will be more difficult to locate his problem than a youtube video, unfortunately. I did notice the head bob too.
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post #50 of 64 Old 09-13-2013, 11:07 AM
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I thought it was routine to get a vet check when acquiring any new horse but if you folks do things differently...

I'm repeating myself when I say that I routinely get a vet check on all horses fairly soon after they arrive - it doesn't cost "hundreds" of dollars for my vet to come out, give them a once-over exam, and if there are any issues, address them at the same time. The last vet check and dental cost AUD 130 and that included sedation for the dental.

I'm not coming down on the OP at all...maybe the way we write English Australian is interpreted differently by non-Aussies? Anyway, I hope there are no underlying issues with this boy as he's gorgeous and deserves all the best in life if he has been previously neglected in any way.
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