7 Month old Filly...what to expect?

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7 Month old Filly...what to expect?

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    12-27-2011, 03:05 PM
7 Month old Filly...what to expect?

So I do realize the horse is too young for a real critique. ;)
However I was looking at her and her pasture mate, the BO's paint colt last night and it seemed to me like they both have a case of the EXTREME FUGLIES. I literally stood for about ten minutes looking from one to the other trying to figure out how they became so hideous practically overnight...

So, fuglies aside, I'm trying to learn what to expect from her regarding conformation. Kiera is a QH/Percheron cross. Her dam is called "Badger's Magic", not sure of the father. I'm looking at her front legs. Do they appear to be "calf kneed"?
If so, what would this mean as far as wear and tear to the animal? I am not looking for anything more than a trail horse and companion, but I would like to keep her healthy. ;)

Also, what else is "wrong" (or right lol) with her that I need to keep an eye on, and for the sake of learning? Again, I'm learning, and I'm aware that she is a) not the epitome of equine beauty and b) that WOW do young horses go through some godawful fugly stages.... 0_o

I know also that these aren't the greatest conformation shots, but please tell me what you can:

*also sorry for the picture quality....the arena lights made the pix turn out really yellow in the first two, and my editing software made the colors weird when I tried to fix it...gotta reinstall photoshop lol*
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    12-27-2011, 03:05 PM

I literally cannot get a good picture.... drives me nuts!
    12-27-2011, 06:02 PM
Anyone care to share thoughts please?
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    12-27-2011, 10:55 PM
I'm not going to tackle much. Her hind end is very straight. The biggest thing I notice is she has quite a large head and a rather short neck...she's all head right now lol.
    12-27-2011, 11:05 PM
Thank you!!! I'm hoping she grows into the head lol
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    12-28-2011, 11:25 AM
Any other opinions? I really would like to know if there's something weird about her front legs, or if there is anything I need to *worry* about for later.
I'd really appreciate it =D
    12-28-2011, 11:57 AM
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I actually think she's kinda cute in a funky-yearling sort of way...I just love the roman nose and huge, expressive eye. Gives her a unique look!

I really do think you have a chance at getting a half-decent grade horse out of her, don't see anything that would keep her from being a companion/trail horse. She appears to be VERY solid, with a crestier neck than I'm used to with mares, but that has everything to do with her breed. Perchi/QH crosses are some heavy animals! Good shoulders, fair LS joint placement (not great, but shouldn't mess with her too much) good depth to her chest, which should give her some endurance. Her legs are rather posty, and do appear to be calf-kneed, as you pointed out. This will effect how her leg absorbs shock, and later on she may suffer strain at the back of her knee, or concussion at the front of the knee- possibly causing injuries such as carpal chips. With proper conditioning though, and keeping her hooves well trimmed- I doubt that she'll have many problems. If she does go lame though, those things would be the first that I would check. Her back is longer than I'd like, but not terribly long. Once again, conditioning is the key in keeping her sound.As for anything below the pastern, the pictures just aren't of the quality I need to critique. I need clean legs (hard, I know!) on an even surface such as concrete or asphalt.

Her head IS large, but this is fairly typical at her age. Be warned, she's just going to get fuglier before she gets pretty! My own filly is just now getting out of her funky stage, at almost four years old. For a while she was an ewe-necked, straight backed, butt high, big headed monster!
    12-28-2011, 12:09 PM
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It is so hard to judge at that age. Hunter was totally fugly, awkward, sickle hocked and so on.... at 8 months but now at rising 4 he has filled out nicely and doesn't look anywhere near the same. Some of my more experienced friends were like, uh nice horse... when I first adopted him and now they love him. I think she will turn out just fine! She's a cutie :0)
    12-28-2011, 12:11 PM
Originally Posted by Endiku    
I need clean legs (hard, I know!) on an even surface such as concrete or asphalt.

Her head IS large, but this is fairly typical at her age. Be warned, she's just going to get fuglier before she gets pretty! My own filly is just now getting out of her funky stage, at almost four years old. For a while she was an ewe-necked, straight backed, butt high, big headed monster!
Haha, thanks SO very much for your critique! =) <3
She is impossibly unphotogenic. I tell people that she doesn't look half so bad in person so to speak, but in pictures... *shakes head*
This is one of the closest shots I have to how she looks in person:

Alas...not a level surface, though her legs are pretty clean ;)

As for use, I am not looking to jump or anything crazy and by the time she is being ridden I hope to be back in California and able to find a GOOD, RELIABLE vet to consult with. So if there are if there are issues with her legs, we'll be covered.

I have to say, 4 years seems like a long time to wait for less fugly, though...congrats on your filly! XD I am not joking when I say that I looked from one young horse to the other and wondered what went wrong overnight!
    12-28-2011, 12:12 PM
Babies tend to grow in spurts...and not everything advances at the same time/rate, so you can expect some funky conformation issues until she evens out. What you see as a flaw right now might not be there when she's five. Everything will kinda shuffle around for awhile. I've seen some awkward youngsters turn out to be gorgeous. I wouldn't worry about it for now. She has a lot of growing to do. :)
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