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post #1 of 12 Old 08-26-2013, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Question about leg bones

I'm looking at a 2 year old quarter horse filly for sale, in a some of the pictures provided on her on the breeders website her leg bone looks a little light.
Is leg bone something that can change while they mature? Or if she looks to have light leg bones now will she always have light legs?
She also looks very leggy right now.


The dam and the stud look to have nice enough legs, the stud's owners claim he ads thick legs to his babies...
And previous foals from the dam have done well as performance/show horses.

They say the filly has a great personality, and has been started on light riding. She was born in April, 2011.

I can post pictures later if needed/wanted.
I emailed the breeder yesterday evening to get more pictures of her.
But mostly I am curious about if bones get thicker as the horses age from 2 year olds.
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-26-2013, 12:59 PM
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No. If bone is light at two it will likely look lighter as the body of the horse matures. It is what it is. Period.

"Tops may come but bottoms never!" Old tyme saying that means the legs are everything and they are what they are in a young horse.. shile the body may mature.
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No. If bone is light at two it will likely look lighter as the body of the horse matures. It is what it is. Period.

"Tops may come but bottoms never!" Old tyme saying that means the legs are everything and they are what they are in a young horse.. shile the body may mature.
Thank you, I was hoping you'd reply to this because you seem to really know your stuff :)

Here's the most recent picture of her that I could find on their website. They haven't emailed me any recent pictures of her...the lady sent me a couple of older ones she had on her computer because she was at work... Is suppose to send me some more recent ones tonight.


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Assuming this picture was taken within the last couple months.


What do you think ?
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post #4 of 12 Old 08-26-2013, 01:37 PM
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Light bone in front and tied in at the knee from those.

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Light bone in front and tied in at the knee from those.
I see the tied in at the knee now, thank you!
Guess I will pass on this one also.
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Question......I have heard bone can increase density with work. Is that just internal density? Or can circumference also increase?

Or maybe I should start another thread on this topic?
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It is internal density, not circumference.

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The lady sent me pictures of the mare last night, figured I would post a couple here... I don't see the tied in at the knee so much in these but do see her legs being light.

This was taken yesterday


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IPad is only letting me upload one at a time. And my computer has a virus, I have a behind and other side shot if any one is interested. I can post later if anybody comments about her :)
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I think they look fine but I'm used to Arabians with skinny but strong legs.
I'd be more concerned with her slightly long pasterns & them riding her so much already.
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