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    01-07-2012, 05:48 AM
I do know that he needs trimmed, and if trimmed properly he should stand correctly. I will get him trimmed and take some different pictures and try to get him to park out better and will see if it makes any difference. All of the foals he has thrown have not been calf kneed and they are big boned and have natural gaits.
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    01-07-2012, 09:25 AM
Originally Posted by Nuala    
Yes he is does look fine boned on the front side however Arabians are know for their thin refined look and are among the top endurance and competition horses.
What a lot of people do not realize is that for their size, a well-bred arab actually has high bone mass. Look at the cannon circumference on a 14.2 hand arab and compare it to many 16 plus hand thoroughbreds or even quarter horses and you will likely see they are the same size; therefore, the arab has the better bone in relation to body mass.

Now, I do realize that people now seem to be breeding the sturdiness out of arabs for show, but these are certainly not the horses that are winning in endurance.
    01-07-2012, 09:53 AM
I don't know much about conformation but his front legs look weak and bent out of shape, and his knees stick up behind (I am guessing that is calf kneed). In all of the pictures, even his back legs don't look strong.
    01-07-2012, 04:45 PM
To me he looks really really short in the canon bone, is that a characteristic of the breed?
    01-07-2012, 06:50 PM
Are there pics somewhere, of all his foals? To me, he is not stallion quality, given his rather major problem. If I were looking at a stud, he would not be my choice. Could be some breed to him, because of his colour though. Not the wisest thing to do. There are way too many really nice stallions out there in the breed, to consider breeding to this boy - pretty though he is.


    01-07-2012, 07:29 PM
I took a horse on a 250 mile ten day ride who had moderate (mid grade) calf knees. But she had very large non tied in tendons which helped. Even so, at the end of the ride she developed small swellings behind her knees, no doubt due to her being calf kneed. I chose even though her endurance was amazing, not to ride her in that type of ride again. It is a bad fault but it also depends on how bad the fault is within itself and what the horse is being used for.

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