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post #11 of 23 Old 02-03-2012, 09:45 AM
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If he was my foal, I would be getting a vet out to look that leg over. As cowgirlup said, it does look like the tendon is too short, and it is pulling his whole pastern back under the fetlock joint. Personally, it looks to me like something that will affect his soundness in the future. A vet would know more though.

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If he was my foal, I would be getting a vet out to look that leg over. As cowgirlup said, it does look like the tendon is too short, and it is pulling his whole pastern back under the fetlock joint. Personally, it looks to me like something that will affect his soundness in the future. A vet would know more though.

okay, I will get a vet out to make sure. He is my baby, i don't want him to be a cripple when he is older
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chiilaa: I very much understand that and do not take offense at all by what you said.

a vet is the better choice, especially with him not getting feed.

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There is a thing that can happen in young horses called contracted tendons which can lead to club foot. Yes to a vet. No grain may be exactly the right way to go.. but he could be lacking something nutrient wise.

You do not want him fat or growing too fast.. he can develop Osteochondrosis. This is a disease of the epiphysis (growth plates) on the long bones and it is serious.

If he is growing crooked and needs feet trimmed to keep them level, the trimming may have to happen every two weeks. The foal will very quickly wear the foot right back to unbalanced. Some (skilled) farriers will suggest putting light plates on (shoes) to prevent that and to add support to the hoof and leg. The farrier will need to come every 4 weeks if you do that and reset or replace the plates. Just something you may want to discuss with the Vet and the Farrier.

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Okay, thanks for the advice everyone! I am going to trade him for a Topsail Whiz 2 year old. The owner didn't give me th best pics, but here he is





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This horse is long in the back with a weak coupling (man I have been saying that a LOT lately!!!). He may be a bit posty behind, but these photos do not do him justice and it is hard to tell. His neck may be set a bit low.. but again, better photos would help.

A useful looking sort of horse. While not spectacular in conformation, not out of balance.

Better photos would help!!

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I know, horrible pics, I get to see him tomorrow. Do you think he could be a barrel horse? He is reining bred, I don't think that would be much different on his body, but I could be wrong. Not like I would be running him every day, it would be walking and trotting until he gets it then leave them alone with small refresher courses once in awhile. I will take lots of pictures of him tomorrow on level ground with him squared up. Just looking at him now, would it be a good trade? I only paid 400 for my colt, she was wanting 500 for this guy on craigslist.
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How experienced are you with horses? IMO you can do better. Honestly? I like the horse you have now better EXCEPT for his crooked legs.. and the legs count HUGELY. The bald faced paint colt is short coupled and balanced.. but those legs.. ****...

This paint looks too long in the back and so forth for barrels and the like.

If you are wanting a horse, and are not very experienced, tell us. There are a lot of decent horses out there for this sort of money. They need training.. they are not perfect. Just sayin'

In this market I will say if you look long and take your time you might find something really good for not a lot of money. Won't be flashy.. maybe just a plain chestnut with no chrome... but you don't ride the color!
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I am a very experienced rider, just don't know much about conformation. I got my first horse when I was 7, she was the ugliest little mare out there, had terrible legs, bad attitude, but she taught me a lot. I got a 2 year old quarter gelding when I was about 15, he was really an awkward looking fellow, but by the time I sold him at 7 he was filling out and looking good. As for conformation I know the basics. But I do know that horses go through fugly stages where they just look weird. My gelding had that long skinny, ugly neck, but he grew into it. He was definately no barrel racer....he was a walker, he would just stop and not budge if he got tired and would not go unless we turned around to go home. I know a lot, but I have a lot to learn. I want a young, untrained horse, I get more satisfaction out of training them myself and getting what I want. I don't care if he isn't a barrel horse, I will find something for him that he likes. I am going to see him tomorrow, if I like his personality and don't see anything wrong with him I will probably trade.
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I want you to be successful.. and I can tell you that if you had a horse that would stop and not move unless you turned around, you have huge amounts to learn about training horses. This is not a bad thing and this is my observation.

I trained for years... and have ridden the horses I trained for miles.. 50,000 miles by conservative estimate. I truly understand the desire to make one of your own and I have done that. Riding and training are quite different. I have trained horses so much that I cannot 'just ride' anymore. Every ride is a chance to train.

That being said, I will suggest that if you purchase a weanling or young horse that is unbroken, DO get a mentor to help you train. Find someone experienced and reliable who will really spend time and help you. I would also suggest you get some riding lessons with someone who does train on a horse that IS trained.

I used to go and ride very well trained horses once in awhile when I was training. It reminded me what I was shooting for and how to get it. If you are riding nothing but green horses, getting on a trained horse and feeling what a balanced and working horse feels like can really help when you get back on the 3 year olds.

Just a suggestion. What you want is a good horse in the end (don't we all). To get there you have to know what the end product feels like and you have to know when you feel it!!

Good luck!

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