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  • What is a cresty neck in a horse
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    02-11-2013, 09:46 PM
Cresty Neck?

Someone told me this horse has a cresty neck. I thought it is just the way he's built, his breed etc. Does he have a cresty neck? He's a Chincoteague Pony.

Please no critique on the riding I know it's awful it was my first ride on him.
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    02-11-2013, 09:50 PM
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I'd like to see a better picture but it does look cresty. If you "squish" the ridge with your fingers does it feel wiggly or is it fairly solid? If it is fairly solid you need to really watch for founder. Don't let your pony get overweight....
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    02-11-2013, 09:52 PM
Here are some more pics of him

    02-11-2013, 09:54 PM
    02-11-2013, 09:56 PM
Also, is there away to try and decrease it/get rid of it?
    02-11-2013, 09:59 PM
Close-up of neck area
    02-11-2013, 10:00 PM
Close-up of neck area
    02-12-2013, 12:45 AM
It looks like he does. He does also look kinda chubby. If you take your fingers and run over his ribs, can you feel them right off, feel them but faintly, or do you have to press in to feel the ribs?
If you have to press in to feel his ribs, he may need a little diet or more exercise. If you feel them, but faintly, then I would not worry too much about his neck. Some horses are naturally like that.
My Lipizzan mare has a slightly cresty neck, but she isn't fat either. And I had someone tell me, "Watch out she's going to founder!!! She needs to loose weight!"
No she isn't, and no she doesn't. I can feel her ribs, but they are not visible. It's how she's made...
Trust me... she's not fat... I don't like fat horses.

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    02-12-2013, 12:58 AM
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Does he also have Butt Pillows? Those deposits of fat on either side of the tail, right above where it comes out of the butt.
    02-12-2013, 01:12 AM
Good point Tiny!
Like my mule, Rosie, when I first got her. She was sporting some fine granny fanny!

See how, right above where her tail comes into her body it's all lumpy looking? Not to mention the lumpies on her flanks. The late afternoon sun makes them look even worse, but also helps to show what we are talking about.

...........she doesn't look like that anymore.......... :)


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