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        07-12-2013, 09:57 AM
      #61
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    Actually, it is probably a good thing, that he's not carrying a ton of weight now, given his long bones and current height. Long, slow growth, is always better for animals who are tall or likely to be tall.

    Lizzie
         
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        07-12-2013, 02:48 PM
      #62
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by FeatheredFeet    
    Actually, it is probably a good thing, that he's not carrying a ton of weight now, given his long bones and current height. Long, slow growth, is always better for animals who are tall or likely to be tall.

    Lizzie

    === yes probably true.. I just want to get some healthy weight on him - his hip bones are sticking out like he's a goat :P
    - his spine is definitely peaking too.. he just looks like an overgrown baby
         
        07-14-2013, 08:44 AM
      #63
    Weanling
    Alright - so my farrier was here last night and we got to trim "Hank's" feet :) I was so relieved - my farrier thinks the colt has very decent hooves - he cleaned really nicely! He did have to make a notch in one of the hooves because of the crack that he had a result of overgrown horn. He said it looked those feet did not see a rasp for probably a yeah :(
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        07-14-2013, 09:23 AM
      #64
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    You may not be able to "cover " those hipbones.....some saddlebreds and TWH have BIG hipbones!

    He is quite handsome. And his feet look WAY better!!

    Best wishes!

    Nancy
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        07-14-2013, 09:24 AM
      #65
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by greentree    
    You may not be able to "cover " those hipbones.....some saddlebreds and TWH have BIG hipbones!

    He is quite handsome. And his feet look WAY better!!

    Best wishes!

    Nancy

    Oh yeah.. I have another one Nancy - and yes he's got bony butt :) but this new fella just lacks flesh all over :)
         
        08-05-2013, 10:32 PM
      #66
    Weanling
    Hi guys, I wanted to follow up on this colt - we went through a turmoil of events since we got him 5 weeks ago..
    We call him "Hank" - he mellowed out a lot since being gelded about 5-6 weeks ago, I gave him few weeks to adjust to his new home before starting to work with him, got his feet all trimmed up and gave him a lot of TLC and he cleaned up very well - he even gained some weight during that time :). Now - during that time I also started slowly working with him on ground manners and little bit of round pen work. I wondered why he really did not want to canter for me in the round pen and if he did, he would always crossfire or break the gait back into trot.. I thought well he was really out of shape since nobody has done anything with him for the 3 years of his life - so I did not pay much attention to it and just really eased him into work in round pen - did not push him very hard. The weekend of July 27th. We did another round pen session but I noticed he really did not want to even trot much anymore let alone canter - I did not notice any lameness on that day - however the following day I noticed 1 of his hocks seemed swollen up and he was definitely sore in trot and in canter he too - both his hocks were kind of larger size back when we went to first look at him at the seller's property but I never thought much of it - because when we got him he was quite thin and tall and I thought he "just needs to grow into himself" he is young yet. I cold hosed his hocks for about 5 days last week - however by Friday last week I did not see any change in the hocks and he was still lame.. I called my vet and she came by Saturday morning and after $600 vet bill (Xrays were taken) she gave me pretty devastating news.... Hank has severe Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) in both hocks..!!!!! She was showing me the bone fragments were loose in each hock on 2 places.. She said that basically he will never be sound for more than very light riding at most .. I am so bummed out about this.. this boy really started coming around and started growing on me and now these terrible news.. I have decided I will need to try to find him a new home - because I wanted to get sound horse that can definitely take more then "1-2 trail rides per year"... Who would have thought things would end this way?? (expensive one - I sunk $1500 into this colt in the past 2 months: purchase price - gelding him, transport, trims and the final glorious vet bill.." .. but I guess lesson learned: Don't skimp on pre-purchase vet exams".. I guess did not even think about it - as all my horses I've had before did not get one and I probably got lucky, but not with this one :( He is a very sweet kiddo and if I had large acreage I would just let him be on pasture to enjoy his life till the end of his days.. but that is not the case.. So he will have to go :( On the bright side of things I am glad we found out now and not 1-2 years later when I am really attached to him..... :(
         
        08-05-2013, 11:01 PM
      #67
    Foal
    Oh no! I am so sorry :(
         
        08-06-2013, 01:39 AM
      #68
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    Oh dear, how very sad. Sad for the horse and devastating for you. Unusual to see it in Saddlebreds. Most of the time, we see this in Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses, although all breeds can have it. Too bad you didn't get him as a baby, since caught early enough and with major changes in diet, it can be stopped. We see it a lot in Great Danes and other very large breeds. In dogs it is almost always caused by diet. Ie. Too much calcium and not enough quality, trace minerals.

    You boy is past the age of control, unfortunately. Worse, that this has come at a time when so many healthy horses are seeking homes. I wonder if any of the Saddlebred rescues could give him pasture for life. It would be very difficult to place him in a home where you could be sure he would stay for ever and not passed on and become abused for not wanting to move. Be very careful what you decide upon for his future.

    I am truly sorry to hear this. Like many here, I was looking forward to seeing you both progressing.

    Lizzie
         
        08-06-2013, 09:38 AM
      #69
    Weanling
    Thanks guys.. yes pretty devastating news.. He is currently on stall rest with hand walking.. He can go in the round pen for turnout but it rained last night and it's kinda slick there... also he gets excited and wants to prance around or play "charge" at my other gelding over the fence... so he is inside by himself today.. He is on Bute 1gram per day for 5 days, if he doesn't get better we can go to every other day for 10 days.. if he is still lame (he can walk but lame in trot and hopping on 3 legs in canter now!) in 10 days, the vet said I should consider putting him down.. it just depends if he gets better if the swelling is acute now.. :(
         
        08-06-2013, 09:44 AM
      #70
    Green Broke
    OH my:( I'm so sorry to hear about this:(.. Hope he starts to get better
         

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