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post #1 of 14 Old 12-09-2011, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Red face Thoughts on Appy colt for eventing/all-around

so... i know he's young and will obviously still grow and fill out and change, etc etc, however i am hoping some of you would be willing to give feedback on his conformation for a future in ... well anything and everything. i intend on riding him english (as that's what i ride) with a foundation in dressage and then seeing how he likes jumping/cross-country as he's older. i also want to teach him to drive and do who knows what else. any thoughts, with regards to him in particular and/or his breeding would be appreciated.

WH Miakoda - pedigree

most recent pics taken last weekend. he is just shy of 19 months old. i somehow managed to not get any decent pictures from his left side. wtf is that about. haha sorry! if there are any pics in particular that may help with any assessments, let me know and i will take them tomorrow.







for a size idea, Ryan is 5'8" and koda measured in at 14.0 at the wither and 14.1 at the hip the day these pics were taken.





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He's got a clubfoot. May or may not be correctable at his age, and may or may not cause him problems in the future.
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interesting that you see/think that as i've not had one person (professional, farrier or vet) think that he does. can you explain more so why you believe he does?
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it's not so much a believe that he is club-footed as the fact that he is. I took the liberty of zooming in and drawing on his clubbed foot in order to show you better.

my appologies for it being so small.

if you look at the yellow line that I have drawn from the toe to the fetlock, you can see that while his normal hoof has a +/- 45 angle, his clubbed foot has a >15 angle, if that. It is almost completely upright and verticle to his cannons, which can cause tendon and ligament damage/lameness.

here is a good article explaining hoof angles: Equine Podiatry | Dr. Stephen O'Grady, veterinarians, farriers, books, articles

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i think the shadows - especially in the picture you chose for your demonstration are giving a bad impression. the fact that his leg isn't straight there probably doesn't help either as it's turned out (towards the camera) some? he is no doubt upright in his pasterns, i'm not going to argue that, however the angle of his hoof isn't what you've pointed out here.

poop... i'll have to get better pictures. :(

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Don't strike me as an event horse, even without the club foot. Of course any horse benefits with dressage, he kinda looks westernish to me though. But he is still young, & yes, he's got a club foot alright.
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hum.. i'm at work so no new pics obviously but perhaps these help some?

either way - no horse is perfect. ;) if we go with the club foot diagnosis - what, do you feel, will be the resultant affect that will have as he matures?



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It still appears to be minorly clubbed, as it is in the other pictures.

It's not the end of the world though; there are plenty of sound clubbed footed horses. I'd just talk to the vet about working on his heel angles and perhaps getting more shape to the hoof, in order to keep from stressing his tendons.

As for the picture, you didn't really give me much to work with ;) all of the others were too dark to do anything to.

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He's certainly flashy, at this age it's hard to tell, but his back looks short so English might suit him better. I'm no expert at feet,so don't have anything to say on that. Is this a foal you raised? Or did you buy him recently?
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Don't strike me as an event horse, even without the club foot. Of course any horse benefits with dressage, he kinda looks westernish to me though. But he is still young, & yes, he's got a club foot alright.
anything in particular give you that impression? curiosity and all. :)

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It still appears to be minorly clubbed, as it is in the other pictures.

It's not the end of the world though; there are plenty of sound clubbed footed horses. I'd just talk to the vet about working on his heel angles and perhaps getting more shape to the hoof, in order to keep from stressing his tendons.

As for the picture, you didn't really give me much to work with ;) all of the others were too dark to do anything to.
true! i hadn't taken the pictures with the intent of them being great confo shots or anything - just more pics to document him growing up. :P i'll make sure to take pics of his feet after his next trim and i'll discuss these comments with the farrier. i do appreciate the feedback!
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