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post #1 of 7 Old 03-20-2012, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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14 Year Old Cremello Hind End Question

This is my daughter's 14 year old Cremello gelding. While not much to look at, he is an a dream with my daughter. I guess copy and pasting pictures does not work here so I attached them to the post. My questions revolve around his hind end. He has a "twisting hock". It is day 5 of starting his tune up and getting him in shape, and I have started him slow. Rides last about 20 to 30 minutes, with trotting and some flexing. Went for a walk in the sand, but just a walk. Just wanted to see if any of you notice anything about his confirmation and what I can expect from him. Just found out today he has a wonderful jog. Soooo smooth!. Thank you in advance for your feed back.
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-20-2012, 07:11 PM
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Is he visibly lame at all? Has a vet had a look at it?

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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I asked the vet about it and also about the bump he has on his rump. She said "if it doesn't bother him, don't worry about it". We went for a 2 mile hand walk in the sand today (he was about to fall asleep he was so bored). He wasn't ridden that much before I bought him, but he really needs some toning exercises and some neck muscle (which I learned how to build in another post). He's got the bad side of Cremello genetics too. Very sensitive to feed so he was moved to alfalfa cubes, timothy hay pellets, and Strategy's complete feed. He was just a pleasure horse but my 11 year old likes to do the barrel racing, poles and such on him. She's pretty new to all that stuff and doesn't push him much and he just goes along for the the ride. He's a total sweet heart she stands up on the saddle and all that crazy kid stuff and the horse just lets her do it. He doesn't limp or act sensitive with his feet or legs, just twists the one leg. I don't feel any heat or swelling despite (the frogs on his feet are yucky which will be in another forum). He's a good horse just thought I'd get some opinions from better horse people than me.

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post #4 of 7 Old 03-20-2012, 07:58 PM
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As far as conformation goes, he's actually quite nice to look at.
A bit cowhocked but his legs look good and straight other than that.
Doesn't appear as though he would be sickle hocked in the back.
Nice short back, good shoulder and neck set.
Neck could use some muscle, but apart from those two noticable flaws, he's a really nicely conformed horse ;)

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Well thank you. That's great to hear. Been reading other posts about how to get him to use his hind end more. With proper exercise I think it will change how he looks completely. Kind of like when a person drops 20 pounds Just want him to be healthy and happy.

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I think he's pretty good lookin' but I'm kinda partial to cremellos. Curious though, when you say he got the bad cremello genes and is sensitive to food, what do you mean? I have not heard anything specific to cremellos before so I'm curious.

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I shouldn't say bad genetics, just he's not a hardy horse. Say compared to my Morgan. My Morgan was 17 and an easy keeper. His feet, main, coat, everything about him was wonderful a big strong powerful horse. Now my daughter's cremello (which is Perfect for her age, size, and ability) is super sensitive to everything. I have to water down his pasture because the dust irritates his eyes, watered down his hay (have since moved him to cubed alfalfa and water it down too, has a finer build of course, very slender to skinny, hazel eyes, (yes hazel not blue: has issues with depth perception: he's still in a tune up, but has never been really sure footed). Rode him moving cows a couple of times and the breast collar wore his hair away in two spots on his chest: just a normal leather breast collar and moderate hills: not really many steep up and down hill climbs at all. I've never had that happen with any other horse before. When he rides in the trailer, even to short trips to the ridding arena he rubs his tail against the door and makes a bald spot on his tail so I have to wrap it before I haul him. People would say he had worms because of the rub (but he's on a regular de-worming schedule. So I guess I shouldn't say bad genes just not nearly as hardy as other horses I been around.

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