What's up with his rear ankles/ feet? Critique please - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 18 Old 08-13-2012, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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What's up with his rear ankles/ feet? Critique please

My husband sent me the link to this guy bur instantly I was drawn to his hind feet & ankles. What's up with them and what does it mean? Can he even be ridden?

Http://kansascity.craigslist.org/grd/3188208846.html
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post #2 of 18 Old 08-13-2012, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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Ugh I can't get it to link!
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The horse's pasterns are straight up and down, which is not a good thing.

http://www.horseinfo.com/info/faqs/faqconformQ6.html This explains, because I don't feel like typing it out.
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post #4 of 18 Old 08-13-2012, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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post #5 of 18 Old 08-13-2012, 09:48 PM
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My aunts gelding Black Jack was an Appy and he had the straighter pasterns, and they never seemed to cause any problems. And he turned out to be one heck of a trail horse, very surefooted. As for breeding though its an undesirable trait, it could have something to do with how his hind hooves are trimmed he may have too long of heels. I would check this out in person...JMO
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post #6 of 18 Old 08-13-2012, 09:52 PM
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Wow, it's more than just his fetlock and pastern angles. His whole hind end is wonky. He is pretty straight through his stifle and has a short gaskin, which leaves his hind legs much farther underneath him than they should be. Plus, his hocks aren't that great. He looks like he toes out pretty badly on the back and may be severely cowhocked.

Of course, so much can look really bad in a single picture taken at the wrong time. Before I would completely count him out as a gelding prospect (I would probably never leave him a stud), I would want more pictures of him from better angles and in better light.

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A Secret Country Boy ApHC

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Definitely crazy hind legs. His feet in general are just TINY. And how did you get a yearling to be 15hh?! I agree with Smrobs, he may make a pretty good gelding and just have one awful picture posted. Definitely not a good stud choice though...

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post #8 of 18 Old 08-13-2012, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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definitely not wanting a stud! I agree he should be gelded. Souls I ask for better pics then?
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It couldn't hurt if you're really interested in him. They may have just posted a wonky picture and he doesn't really look like that. But if he looks like that in all the rest of them too, you'll never spend another moment second guessing your decision if you decide to pass on by.

I didn't take a great look at the rest of him earlier, just his hind legs, but Ricci is right, he's also got the typical halter horse legs/feet. Really small feet and really thin legs with really upright pasterns all the way around. The only really good thing I can say is that it doesn't look like he inherited his daddy's calf knees.

Either way, with the market like it is, even with his parents being "famous" halter horses, I wouldn't give more than $1000 for him....and only that if his legs aren't jacked up like they appear to be.

Personally, I think the owners must be smokin' crack to think he's worth $5000, but I'm sure someone will pay it.

Are you dead set on getting an appy? Do you want a young horse that's green or an older one that has some training? Gelding or mare or does it matter? Any particular height range?

Just browsing through your area CL (not sure exactly where you're located so I have no idea if any of these are even close), here are a couple that I like the looks of a whole lot better than that appy
3 Year Old Grey Mare

Registered Overo Gelding

Palomino Gelding - Barrels, Roping, etc

And I like all of these better... even the weanlings look like they'll be built quite a bit better.
AQHA, APHA geldings & others

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I was thinking it could be tendon contraction from growing too fast. I know foals get that a lot and this guy is a yearling and looks like a 3 yr old.
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