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post #1 of 8 Old 12-02-2011, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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Critique our new miniature!

Hello all! This is our first purchased pony. He is a 14 year old miniature pony bought for my four year old sister. He has the sweetest nature, absolutely bombproof, and we've had him for about 2 and a bit weeks now. Not in the best condition. Is a bit skinny and I think he has contracted heels? could someone confirm on that? long toes and a stretched white line? but im not completely sure, new to researching all of this :) The barefoot farrier is coming out in a week. and hes looking pretty patchy, going through a malt, and has a bit of dandruff (especially under the mane.)

Ive given him a few good washes in a medicated shampoo and it has improved HEAPS in the last two weeks. I included a photo of what it looks like now. It's just like that in one little spot now as apposed to all over him when he first got here. But any advice would be lovely! Our paddock here is booming with grass, but its small (1/4 acre) so i think he will be ok for founder. I want to build him up a bit but slowly cause i don't want any risk of founder, so the moment hes just having the grass and a mineral block.

anyway! ill stop rambling!! but any advice, comments is appreciated! Thankyou!

Front Right hoof:

front left:

back right:

back left:

and a few more :)

Oh and heres the dandruffy shot. anything sinister? or just keep washing him like i am?

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post #2 of 8 Old 12-02-2011, 03:02 AM
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Awww, what a cute little guy
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post #3 of 8 Old 12-02-2011, 05:05 AM
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Heels aren't contracted, but may be a little underrun. Toe and breakover are WAY too long, get that farrier to him stat!

Watch him for laminitis, that thickened white line is a classic sign of chronic laminitic issues. The good news for you is that it looks to me like he will be easy to rehabilitate. He may be skinny, it's hard to judge with that much coat on him, but a horse CAN be skinny and laminitic at the same time! It can be a problem with the mechanics of the hoof or it can be dietary and in fact excess protein can be the cause, not JUST sugar or fat. We have a QH that absolutely cannot be fed protein in any decent amount or he goes sore, but he can be obese with no adverse effects to his feet.

It is VERY easy to tip a chronic pony over the edge and give it a bout of acute laminitis. My old pony was chronic lami when we got him and a few weeks later we let him out into the pasture with the other horses for half an hour (!! that was literally ALL) and BAM he was immediately lame.

Be careful with this little guy. You don't want to cause a bigger problem.

Re the dandruff issue if the medicated shampoo has reduced it then keep using it!!! If it works don't change a thing.

Conformationally he's not too bad. A little bit downhill, maybe, and I don't much care for his neck, but other than that he's pretty good. Looks like a nice shoulder, I like his hindquarter, LOVELY short cannons, and he has great bone for his size. Those pasterns are a tad short but look like the angle is ok.
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post #4 of 8 Old 12-04-2011, 07:47 PM
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He is cute! He will look fantastic once hes got a couple of extra pounds and a nice healthy coat. I like him over all. His neck set is a little low and I'd like to see his tail set higher/more or rounder croup but over all he is nice.
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post #5 of 8 Old 12-04-2011, 07:53 PM
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Grazing muzzle for sure because there's a good chance he will founder and it's heartbreaking.
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-04-2011, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much for the advice everyone! He is such a joy to have around. I have been doing hours of research on founder, and trying to prevent it in the best ways i can. His grass is restricted, hes pretty much eaten it all down now in his small area. Whats the best hay for gaining weight but preventing founder at the same time?

His coat is also coming up lovely now, so much of the wooly hair is gone. Ill post updates when hes all nice and sleek :) and after those feet are done of course in the next few days .

again thankyou everyone!

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post #7 of 8 Old 12-05-2011, 01:22 AM
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Could you get more pictures of the dandruff? To me it looks like it could be rain rot.

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post #8 of 8 Old 12-05-2011, 02:23 AM
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Love his color! He is super cute
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