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  • Overweight yearling
  • Butt high 2 year old horse

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    09-15-2012, 03:30 PM
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Critique my three-year old?

I have a QH mare who is two years and nine months.

My biggest concern has been how her hindquarters seem to be higher than her withers. Is it just perspective or are they really? If so, is that going to cause problems?


She was born on December first in an open pasture, so the tips of her ears literally got frozen off , which is the reason for her rounded ears :P.

Does she look good for jumping potential? Just wondering 'cause she has a habit of jumping the fence (and yes, I mean those 4-foot panels in the picture) so she has gotten her legs scratched up many times, usually just small scratches, but once or twice she's limped for a few days.

How common is that spike-shaped marking on her hind leg and how would you describe it? I've never really thought much about it, but when I was creating her page one here I couldn't find an option to describe it properly.

And any comments about her weight? She has her whole life been kept on pasture grass and grass hay, and occasionally alfalfa/alfalfa mixes. I have very rarely given her any supplements, even grain; mostly because she takes after her dam who was VERY overweight just being kept on alfalfa and grass. I've been careful not to let her fall down that path.

She is starting to get her winter coat in these pictures, so there are a few rugged patches here and there.
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    09-15-2012, 03:43 PM
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Horses grow in two halves! The butt will come up higher first and stop growing and then just as the front catches up and they look normal the butt grows again!

Only when they are about 4 - 5 can you even begin to assess whether they will be butt high or not.
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    09-15-2012, 03:47 PM
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Green Broke
She is Pretty:)!! I agree with Foxhunter about her bum high-ness
     
    09-15-2012, 05:55 PM
  #4
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Too bad her breeders were not responsible enough at her birth and her ears were allowed to be damaged. No excuse for poor animal husbandry.

I'd say you need to put up some electric wire above the fence asap, to keep her in, or one day, she's likely going to injure herself very badly. That might mean a huge vet bill or a dead horse.

Her jumping the fence, means she wants to get out. It doesn't necessarily mean she will make a good jumper in the future. She appears to be cow-hocked and sickle hocked.

At her age, I wouldn't worry at all, about her being bum-high. Perfectly normal. There again, some grow out of it and some remain that way. She will likely follow the conformation of her sire and dam.

The white marking on her leg, is just how white markings are. All different and all hit or miss.

Lizzie
     

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