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    04-20-2013, 01:24 PM
Green Broke
Sunny again...

I know I have posted a couple threads about sunny before. But I was wondering if anything is looking different or better.. I know that he doesnt have the best conformation. And to me looks like he could gain some muscle weight( he just got over being sick -_-) << not saying that is an excuse.. but here are some pictures. I am posting some of his back legs because people say that theyre is something wrong with them... please let me know what you think.. ** asking more about muscle conformation and stuff about his back legs but whatever you see yeah** thanks again..
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    04-20-2013, 02:47 PM
Are his back legs swollen? I don't know enough about conformation, but his back legs are way under him. Plus the pictures aren't that great should be side too with him square. Good luck.
    04-20-2013, 02:57 PM
He is undermuscled and maybe underfed looking. See how his spine is kind of sticking out of his back? And his neck is very much under muscled.

His back legs are camped under in a a sickle hocked stance. Did you square him up properly? And his front legs appear to be base narrow, but again, did you square him up properly? It's important that you don't take the photo from a downward looking angle. You need to be taking it from directly off to the front or side, at a horizontal plane.

There appears to be some kind of swelling on his right hock , just under it. Has he some lameness? His legs in general look kind of swollen, or maybe just lacking in definition. Hard to see the joints very well.
    04-20-2013, 03:12 PM
Green Broke
^^ I have been wondering the same thing.. but no he isnt lame.. or the last time he was trimmed( by a vet) about 6 weeks ago he was just like that and there was nothing wrong.. and no he preobably wasnt squared up correctly..:/ my fault.. .. how can I get him to do so? Thanks
    04-20-2013, 03:41 PM
A photo can be so deceiveing. I think you need someone to help you when you take confo crit photos.
    04-20-2013, 04:30 PM
I agree his legs look puffy and swollen- the back right most noticeably.

And his feet are so short! I've never seen feet so short- just the rears the fronts look okay to me. I think the way he is standing and possibly even the inflammation could be due to uncomfortable feet in the back, or a symptom of standing that way to alleviate it.

Actually as I look at him longer... his stifles are very low, throwing off that nice triangle. While his hip slope is okay, that stifle puts his hock at that angle and creates his sickle hocked-ness. I wouldn't know if any farrier correction could help that.
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    04-20-2013, 07:49 PM
Green Broke
I had my dad take a look and he says that he doesnt see any swelling but his right front is doing something a little funky.. and yeah is back feet are a bit short.. his feet at tiny.. when my farrier shoes him he has to have the smallest size you can get for a horse lol.. and I will try and take a video of him walking so you guys can see it..

My dad also mentioned maybe corrective shoeing helping the problem..

IF he IS sore.. would rinsing in cold water help reduce swelling and stuff? Its been cold here WAY NOT NORMAL.. so could that be why? Im trying to figure this out.. as many of you know he is learning to barrel race.. and Im hoping that there isnt much wrong( by him being hurt wise).. I know that this isnt the typical conformation for a barrel racer.. but he can run in the 3D 4D maybe one day.. not asking him to get me to the top.. just for fun.. thanks guys:)
    04-20-2013, 08:19 PM
I thought his feet were small, too. So small, that I wondered if he was a yearling or something , so I checked in your "barn" to see he is like 5 or 6?

It almost looks like his right rear canon has a bowed tendon. But, maybe it's just his long winter fur.
    04-20-2013, 08:26 PM
This is your classic "sickle hocked" horse.
    04-20-2013, 08:26 PM
Green Broke
Yeah he does have small feet.. like I said.. I can take more pictures if you would like.. and would he be limping or anything if it was a bowed tendon? He isnt acting any different.. and it might be his fur.. is there a way that I can feel for to tell??
Thanks for all the help:)

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