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Would my gelding make a good english prospect? *Photos&Videos*

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        02-05-2013, 11:46 PM
      #21
    Yearling
    Looks like *possible* minor Developmental Orthopedic Disease (DOD) developing in the first picture combined with *possible* minor spavins developing. Not really that uncommon necessarily certainly for 7yo as it usually starts to form at around 6. Does he ever fill up with fluid in his hocks?
         
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        02-06-2013, 11:02 PM
      #22
    Foal
    Hmm.. I'm not sure honestly.. I'd never really had to deal with this until we brought him in to the vet a few weeks ago. What do you mean exactly?

    So this isn't something uncommon? And would hock injections be something to consider?
         
        02-12-2013, 05:36 AM
      #23
    Yearling
    He has such fine boning in his legs, I'm honestly not surprised he has hock problems already. The choice is yours, do you want him to be around for a long time, or do you want him to be retired soon? If the later, what will you do with him and where will he go? Because events like dressage, jumping, barrel racing, reining, roping etc are all hard on a well built horse. Let alone one who has such weak legs like your gelding. I would stick to light riding with him, either that or find another horse.
         
        02-12-2013, 06:08 AM
      #24
    Trained
    Having proven hock issues at that age is not good.
    Fusing hocks put my tb gelding out for over 18 months and cost me a small fortune trying to get him sound enough to ride. He never came good after all of that.

    You're much better to try and have the lower joints fuse, speak to the vet and see if they will consider surgical/chemical fusion. Once those joints are fused the horse will lose only a small amount of movement and should be quite sound. Though there is a high chance of the other hock going the same way if it hasn't already.
         
        02-12-2013, 06:08 AM
      #25
    Trained
    Having proven hock issues at that age is not good.
    Fusing hocks put my tb gelding out for over 18 months and cost me a small fortune trying to get him sound enough to ride. He never came good after all of that.

    You're much better to try and have the lower joints fuse, speak to the vet and see if they will consider surgical/chemical fusion. Once those joints are fused the horse will lose only a small amount of movement and should be quite sound. Though there is a high chance of the other hock going the same way if it hasn't already.
         
        02-12-2013, 10:13 AM
      #26
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by kelseyxroxy    
    Any other comments about his conformation?
    I think he is a very good looking horse, yes, not the best confirmation to do the high level jumping but if the Vet gives you green lights and he is not in pain he will give you so much joy and fun in doing english, lower level jumping and or dressage. Just try it out and decide what you like the most, enjoy your horse, western or english! Both are great ways to ride and as long as your horse is not in pain go for what you love to do! HAVE A BLAST I have a horse that is absolutely not made for jumping (according to some confirmation specialists, and I actually agree) yet, on every beach ride she is jumping the logs as if there is no tomorrow and that is what she wants to do, so that is what she gets to do!
         

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