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Just how funky are his legs? qh/morgan gelding

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  • Horse conformation low tail set weak in hind leg

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    01-13-2013, 12:24 AM
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Foal
Just how funky are his legs? qh/morgan gelding

So, this is Lance, he's a 5 year old QH/Morgan gelding. He's going to be my trail/fun show horse and live an extremely laid back life. I know that he needs a trim job badly, we got beat by the snow before I got him mannered enough for the farrier to come out. Could that be leading to the weirdness that is his left hind pastern/foot? He's never had a full trim, they managed to get him front feet done about 4 months ago but it took close to an hour+ so the farrier said he wouldn't touch him again until Lance could pick up his feet nicely.










     
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    01-13-2013, 12:30 AM
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Weanling
I'm not really good at this sort of thing, but it looks like, other than needing a trim, he is just toed out and has long pasterns.
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    01-13-2013, 12:14 PM
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Green Broke
He is certainly useful.. he sounds like he needs work and training (not so laid back a life after all!). His legs are adequate (not perfect) and he should be OK. Yes.. he toes out but the whole leg is rotated and as long as he does not interfere and is trimmed level, he will be OK. If he interferes, use boots on him.

His hocks are nice and low and he is hind pasterns are a bit weak.. but the hind legs carry 40% of the weight so unless the pasten issue is medically based and will get worse, don't worry about it.

The poorest part of this horse's conformation is weak coupling and overly rounded croup with a low tail set.

What this horse could use (aside from learning he must pick his feet up and have good ground manners.. so get that done) is a LOT of trotting up hills with his rider standing in the stirrups in a two point and the horse on a long rein. Getting him to stretch forward and down.. and drive from behind up the hill strengthening his abdominal muscles will help him more than anything.

This horse does not need a laid back life. He needs to be worked (most do)!
     
    01-13-2013, 02:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Elana    
He is certainly useful.. he sounds like he needs work and training (not so laid back a life after all!). His legs are adequate (not perfect) and he should be OK. Yes.. he toes out but the whole leg is rotated and as long as he does not interfere and is trimmed level, he will be OK. If he interferes, use boots on him.

His hocks are nice and low and he is hind pasterns are a bit weak.. but the hind legs carry 40% of the weight so unless the pasten issue is medically based and will get worse, don't worry about it.

The poorest part of this horse's conformation is weak coupling and overly rounded croup with a low tail set.

What this horse could use (aside from learning he must pick his feet up and have good ground manners.. so get that done) is a LOT of trotting up hills with his rider standing in the stirrups in a two point and the horse on a long rein. Getting him to stretch forward and down.. and drive from behind up the hill strengthening his abdominal muscles will help him more than anything.

This horse does not need a laid back life. He needs to be worked (most do)!
His ground manners are now pretty decent, he's still slightly touchy about one of his back feet but he'll pick it up, he just doesn't like it being held up for 5+ minutes. I only get to work with him once a week now so progress is slightly slower, but he will be trimmed(and stand there looking like the pinnacle of mannered horses) as soon as the farrier can make it up here. He'll be getting rode, a lot, but I'm never going to have the time to do more than trail riding and local shows, so that's why I put laid back. I'll have the vet check out that back pastern when I get his coggins this spring. He got a quick once over when he was tranqed for getting gelded but that was all the vet had time for.
     
    01-13-2013, 02:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Elana    
The poorest part of this horse's conformation is weak coupling and overly rounded croup with a low tail set.
I love comparing your comment to the pictures to learn! I think I see what you mean with the coupling.

The rounded croup and low tail are pretty much standard for QH though, right? Why is it a fault, generally speaking?
     
    01-13-2013, 04:02 PM
  #6
Foal
I forgot about his rear end being off. I would like to know why also. I'm trying to get spooled up on confo and this forum has helped a lot.
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    01-13-2013, 05:01 PM
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Green Broke
The back bone comes out where the tail is. An over rounded butt and low tail set limts hind leg movement.

This horse is going to be a fine trail horse. Mind getting him trotting up hills like I said and he will just get better. ENJOY him.
     
    01-13-2013, 05:54 PM
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The back bone comes out where the tail is. An over rounded butt and low tail set limts hind leg movement.

This horse is going to be a fine trail horse. Mind getting him trotting up hills like I said and he will just get better. ENJOY him.
Lol no worries about that, its been a joy to see how far he's come. He has really animated action and is so smoooooth. Unfortunately for him, we have some impressive hills that he'll have a lot of practice going up and down.
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