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post #1 of 17 Old 03-17-2013, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Kenzie Conformation! Stunted Yearling.

Just as a disclaimer for those who don't know, Kenzie (BadaBing BadaBoom) is a 16 month old Thoroughbred yearling who's been to hell and back. Definitely don't go easy on her conformation wise, but do keep in mind that she's mid rehabilitation and has a poor coat, terrible hooves (she has another trim next week), and needs a lot more weight. She's also very small for a yearling, at 12.2hh and no sights of verticle growth just yet. Still, its a far cry from her slipper hooves, and she's already gained over 60 pounds with us. For more information on all she's been through, search 'Severely Stunted Filly, Will She Ever Be Normal?' Otherwise, just critique her as you would any other filly. I realize she's still young, but give it your best shot.

Hopefully the pictures are good enough. I had no one to hold her and its a point and shoot camera, so I couldnt see where I was lined up.

sorry about cutting off her feet in this one. I wasnt sure which picture was better though, so I included both.

Not really sure about that big belly...she's on high quality alfalfa and Nutrena Mare and Foal plus a suppliment, and has had two fecals come back clear in a row. I'm not too worried about it at this point though.

We hope that her legs will straighten out as her feet get better, but only time will tell. She toes out pretty severely in the back legs as it is, which worries me, but what else do you guys see? I can provide pictures of her dam and sire if needed. She should mature at about 15.2hh

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post #2 of 17 Old 03-17-2013, 09:57 PM
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She is gaining weight and her feet are looking so much better. :)
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Now THAT is a short back. My first impression was of an adorable little giraffe. She definitely has some imperfections, but they make her cuter.
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post #4 of 17 Old 03-17-2013, 10:23 PM
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She looks better.

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She is looking good endiku, great job. I'm surprised how good her legs look with all she has been through. She does have a short back and her hips seem small compared to her front, but that may catch up yet with some more groceries and filling out.
Again great job and so glad she is doing so well!
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She is looking good. That toe out in front is really not an issue as it starts up high and is likely due to her being narrow and needing more filling out. She is tied in at the knee at this point. She has nice roomy knees and hocks.

Hinds look a little funky yet.. but give her time.

Honestly? I think in a year a person who does not know her history would be able to say, "This horse was starved" except, perhaps, on radiographs or bone scans.. and maybe not even then.
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LOL. She does look like a brown girraffe doesn't she? Thats great xD teeny tiny little butt,

a bit uphill looking, short back...all she needs is a few spots. I do agree, now that I look, about just how short that back is. Do you think it might have something to do with how big her belly looks? I think it was Sharpie that mentioned that she's really just disporportionate and once she fills out, the belly won't look so big, and I tend to agree. Elana, hopefully you're right about her front legs. I do believe her sire was tied in at the knees so that probably won't go away, but anything is good! She has enough problems with those back legs as it is o.o they're SUCH a mess right now, and those back feet are terribly thin and unhealthy. At this point I see cow hocked and then her left toe pointing out, but not her right toe- which I definitely think is linked to her malnoutrition considering that I don't ever remember that being a problem as a suckling or weanling. It has already decreased though, just by taking off that excess toe and leveling it out again (inner wall wasn't growing as fast as the outer wall, causing her to not step evenly. OUCH!) so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I THINK that the way she's standing camped under is still due in part to pain as well. Her feet are still definitely sore, even if its less so than it was before.

I'm thinking she'll never have the big butt that I'm used to (grew up around stock horses) but I'll be satisfied with at least a porportional one xD she definitely seems to be adding weight back there last...her shoulders, belly, neck, and chest have beefed up a lot in the past two months but not so much in that hind end. Ah well, we still have time :) and I'll be satisfied with her being a decent light to medium work trail horse for someone honestly. Anything else is just a bonus.

Looking back at her photos from six and five weeks ago though, she's come so far. No more pencil necks and being swallowed by blankets for us!

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She just needs time, correct nutrition and correct farrier work. And more time.

Thin horses.. especially young ones.. are often cow hocked. Remember.. they have used all their reserves and then gone into their muscles to stay alive. This means it can take a lot of time to build that back.

I suspect she may be better than you can think. She just needs to eat and gain and eat and gain.. and nothing too fast.

and did I mention she needs time? ;)

You are doing a great job.

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She is looking so wonderful! Please pat yourself on the back from me. :)
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I honestly don't think she's that bad at all. She just looks like she's very immature, which makes sense. Overall, she definitely looks like a thoroughbred, just at 6 months instead of 12. Her shoulder looks a little bit straight, and her canons seem a bit long, but overall I really don't want to critique her because it's like critiquing a 6 month old- I don't think you can get anything but a vague idea of what she's going to be later.
You've definitely done wonders with her already!
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