11 y/o TWH gelding

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        08-26-2014, 11:50 PM
    11 y/o TWH gelding

    On the same day that we buried my beoved 14-3 hand TWH mare Joyace, I became the new owner of a huge 16-2 hand TWH gelding.

    He is registered TWHBEA as Romp & Roll Royal and right now his barn name is 'Romper', which doesn't suit him and will be changed as soon as I find something that suits him. If you have any idea's for a new name, please post them.

    He is a chestnut sabino and has so many white hairs that he looks almost pink. I also need to figure out a color for him... if you think of a color that would look good on him, let me know. I already have a mare who wears red and a gelding who wears hunter green, so those are out, and Joyace wore rasberry pink, so that color is out too...

    Tear him apart. Give me the good, the bad and the ugly. I'd also love a pedigree critique, as I know next to nothing about his particular bloodlines. I know more about the older bloodlines of Walkers.

    Romp And Roll Royal Tennessee Walking Horse
    (^ copy and paste to get his bloodlines)

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        08-26-2014, 11:54 PM
    He looks skinny to me, but it could just be the photos. You most likely already know if he's skinny or not, but I just thought I would say something.

    I think he's a really pretty guy though! I just love his color, it's very cool looking! I'm not a conformation guru, but I really like him. He has a kind eye. I think turquoise would look amazing on him.
        08-27-2014, 12:06 AM
    He does need a little more weight and muscle. My friend got him just a few months ago and he was worse off then. She put a lot of weight on him during the time she had him.
        08-27-2014, 12:42 AM
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    I hope I am wrong, but his front pasterns look like they might have ring bone. That has got to be wrong . . .
    It's that kind of bulge that you see in that front view. Is that normal?
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        08-27-2014, 12:57 AM
    Originally Posted by Britt    
    He does need a little more weight and muscle. My friend got him just a few months ago and he was worse off then. She put a lot of weight on him during the time she had him.
    Awesome! Just thought I'd mention it!
        08-27-2014, 07:19 AM
    His hind end is very very very wrong. I think that before we give a critique, a good chiropractor should have a look at him. He just doesn't look right at all...
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        08-27-2014, 07:45 AM
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    1. Ditto, I also think that looks like Low Ringbone

    Although when my TWH foundered and had torn ligaments he looked like that until I got him healed. If the horse did have torn or strained ligaments and nobody helped him, that might be the end result.

    At any rate, those ankles have a question mark on them

    2. Ditto, I am pretty sure he really needs to see a chiropractor, looking at his back

    I can understand him being high-hipped as that is a genetic trait of some blood lines but, enough weight has been put on him that I think he is too high hipped for 16 years old and also that "hunters bump" is not at all normal.

    I'd say he has sacrum issues.

    3. I'd like to see clear pictures of the backs of his front fetlocks, if that is possible. Tape the fetlock hair to the leg, if you have to.

    4. It could be the camera angle but, when I lay a ruler across my monitor, his knees are not even, indicating one shoulder might be higher than the other one. He seems to splay out on the right side only or he could have just decided not to square up for the camera.

    5. Keep him barefoot until you find can get your own vet out to look at those legs.

    I like his big ole Walkin' Horse head and he's a pretty fella

    I think he's either been put thru the ringer at some point, or he's had a bad accident and his owners either couldn't or didn't want to deal with what might be long term expenses to keep him healthy (that doesn't necessarily mean sound).

    Get your vet to look at him as soon as possible. If you can afford ultrasounds on those legs, get them. I would go so far as to x-ray the front hooves to see if there's any coffin bone rotation. Also, the top of the back can be ultrasound - it is very difficult to do with a portable machine but is possible if the horse can stand quiet long enough for someone to hold the machine over him and somebody else does the alignment and button punching.

    Let us know what you find out
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        08-27-2014, 09:13 AM
    He is adorable, but has the look of a horse with EPM. Is he weak at all in hte hind end?
        08-27-2014, 04:41 PM
    He's not weak in his hind end. I've had several people ask me that, but he moves just fine and isn't clumsy in the least. He moves off like a young, healthy horse would and his gaits are smooth and fairly even. But I agree he must have had an accident at one point in his life, just looking at his hip. When I got him, the previous owner sent me photos of him the year before and that huge hump wasn't on his hip. He was also fat and healthy in those. I was told he was broke in as a two year old by a reining horse trainer and had a pretty good sliding stop at one point.
    When I got Romper, he was about 500# underweight. After some TLC- a serious deworming and having his teeth floated, he has picked up IMMENSELY! He still needs a good 100-150 on him.

    For the most part, he's never moved stiffly or seemed sore anywhere. Also, I've had two very skilled farriers look at his feet and work on him, neither has been even the least bit concerned of his feet, ankles, etc. Not saying that he couldn't have ringbone, but I would really expect one of them to comment on it if it seemed concerning.
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        08-27-2014, 07:37 PM
    These are crap for pictures, but these are the few the previous owner sent me after I got him. You can see he looked totally different. I think this was two years ago?

    And then as a yearling. His pasterns look pretty much the same as they do now.


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