5 yr old OTTB -Critique and other comments Please

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        04-29-2013, 07:20 PM
    5 yr old OTTB -Critique and other comments Please

    I just bought this guy from the track in February. He still needs to gain some muscle and some weight. His hoof angle and pastern angle are bad. I am in the process of trying to find a farrier that will help with this issue. He has under run heels and long toe. I bought him this way. Every farrier in my area wants to use a wedge pad, and I have heard that those pads just mask the issue, so if anyone can recommend a farrier in the lancaster, pa area please pm me.
    Other then the hoof angle tell me what you think. He moves pretty good considering his pastern angle and he is a little down hill. I want to use him for hunters.
    I am sure there are other flaws there and I have been taking pictures on a weekly basis to see how is muscle changes as I put weight on him. However, his personality is super, he is very work orientated and seems like an old pro at everything I am showing him. He is definetly a diamond in the ruff.

    His racing name was Big Red Daddy, which I loath. I have given him the name of Hank, as a barn name. But need a show name, I was thinking either Hudson Bay, which seems unoriginal or Most Dashing. If anyone has any name ideas let me know. Thanks
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        04-29-2013, 09:01 PM
    Chocolate Thunder! Lol lol You should add another part of the name if you choose Most Dashing like Most Dashing Scene or Most Dashing Lad ect It just seems unfinished lol lol I happen to like Chocolate Thunder lol lol
        04-29-2013, 09:02 PM
    I ment to write that he's a very handsome boy!!
        04-29-2013, 09:24 PM
    Wouldn't a farrier be able to change the long, underrun heels , in several cycles, though? And use the wedge temporarily while shortening the toe and changing the angle?

    His front right pastern almost looks like is has bow to it, like a bowed tendon, but I am not expert on this, it just looks a bit odd. And the bump on his right hock, on the inside is also a bit strange to me. He looks like he might be a bit back at the knee.
    He is a pretty horse with a nice shoulder . What's his personality like?
        04-30-2013, 06:57 AM
    He doesn't have a bowed tendon, I think its the way I took the picture. I was holding him while using my phone to take it. He kept trying to come towards me while I was taking the picture. He thinks the phone is a treat!!! As far as his personality, he is sweet. Very calm and forgiving. I have never seen him get worked up or worried. He doesn't get bothered by other horses, doesn't even pay attention to them. He learns very quickly. I have not owned a horse for over 7 years and I personally called myself crazy for even thinking about buying a horse right from the track...but as soon as I met him, I knew he was the right horse for me. He was practically asleep when I met him on the track. He didn't need a chain and he did get a little excited when other horses were acting goofy but he quickly calmed down and acted like nothing has happened. I could touch him every where on the track, as well as go into his stall while he was eating. He learned cross ties on the first day. He is calm with kids, dogs, cats and tractor equipment. He is just a solid guy, I haven't seen him spook at anything yet. I taught him lunging in about a month, lunging with side reins and I have already been ridding him.
    Its funny because I was riding him yesterday while a girl was having a lesson on a "BROKE" horse who was bucking and carrying on like a green horse while my guy just went around on a loose rein snaffle not even looking at the antics of the other horse. I have trotted and cantered him on both leads started lunging over cross rails. He is amazing, I don't know what else to say he just has a good head on his shoulders.

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