Hello everyone. Well I went to go see the horse that I was told he was a quarter/TB cross. Well I don't think that's true. The owners don't have much experiance with horses and told me that they saved him from a neighbor that was starving him. They have had him for 7 months now and just want to find him a good home. Well he is beautiful! Kinda shy but he warmed up to us fast which the owners were shocked on how good he was acting with us. They have videos of him getting ridden when they first got him and he did fantastic in the videos but he does need SERIOUS farrier work. Im concerned about his front left hoof though the other ones are LONG and CHIPPED. BUT the front left one seems, odd to me kinda straight.. will that be a problem? What can I do to fix that?
What do you think he is?!
Heres some pictures from today
Left front looks like a club foot.. but it also looks like it could be salvaged with regular farrier work. He may need to be shod on the front to help the foot stay correct.
He has nice bone although he is a little leggy. I think his looking extra long legged will probably improve with more feed and work to fill out his body. His top line looks good though his back is a bit long and weakish in the coupling area. He has nice withers. Again.. the weakish looking coupling would probably improve with groceries and as you build up his hind quarters. He may be a little sickle hocked, but it is hard to tell from these photos.
I would spend the money to have a farrier look at him and give an opinion on his feet, especially the left front foot so you know what you are getting into, You will probably have to pay the farrier the same amount as if he was going to trim the horse.. but it is money well spent to know exactly what needs to be done and how long it will take and what the continued costs will be to keep that left front from clubbing over the the tendons contracting.
He has some TB in him somewhere and way back I think arab. Regardless of that, the current owners seemt o have got his body in good condition. Well done to them! However, his hooves don't look so good. I would suggest exactly what Elana has said. Get a farrier to look him over. A regular trim of hooves every 6-8 weeks by a qualified farrier will sort out superficial problems and in a couple of months his feet will be better. Don't try and sort out problem hooves yourself unless you know exactly what you are doing. You may need a bit of patience if you take him on to sort out his hooves I.e. Rest and no riding for a few weeks or even months but he could be worth it.
I agree with the clubfoot. He looks like a paint to me. You can sort of see pattern marking in the grey, which I would suspect his breed was TBXQH. His head in particular resembles a QH stud that my aunt owned as well as the filly I got out of him.
Very neat coloring, but probably a case of backyard breeding, as his conformation is not very good.
I agree with the Tobiano pattern lingering under that grey coat. If you get him and bath him you'll see those spot jump out at you! I had a gelding who had a club foot that was corrected with shoeing. He was awesome and now is a down town Seattle Police horse!
Well we went out today and got his feet trimmed! I also had a vet go out and check him out. She said he's in 100% health! And the farrier fixed his hooves AWESOME! As soon as he trimmed his clubbed foot it bent back to normal!! So I know who my permanent farrier is now lol. I also got the mats in his mane out with a good brushing and we finally figured out his age. He is only 3!!! Had 2 baby teeth still!!! Wow My boyfriend got on him today and he hasnt been ridden in 2 months and he did great! Well here are some pictures of him today hope you enjoy.
After the farrier was done lol
Others after farrier work and a good needed brushing
He looks sweet. :) Healthy and all fixed up! So I am guessing you decided to get him? A good farrier can work wonders and is worth their weight in gold. Feet and Legs have so much much value! By the way .. what is his name?