Crested neck, Is there anything I can do?

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

Crested neck, Is there anything I can do?

This is a discussion on Crested neck, Is there anything I can do? within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category
  • How severe is crested neck
  • Crested neck and founder

Like Tree15Likes

LinkBack Thread Tools
    08-28-2012, 03:36 PM
Crested neck, Is there anything I can do?

The clyde on the right is a horse I'm working on getting, the crested neck doesn't bother me but I am just curious if there's anything I can do to make it go away. She is fat off of a coastal round bale. Any ideas would help! Thanks in advance!
Sponsored Links
    08-28-2012, 03:41 PM
Green Broke
For the most part, no. It's genetic and the way she was bred to be built!
Posted via Mobile Device
Foxhunter likes this.
    08-28-2012, 03:47 PM
Super Moderator
She needs to lose weight asap. The crested neck is a good indicator of horses are are at risk for Insulin Resistance, laminitis and founder and other metabolic disorders.

If I were looking at her to purchase (even cheap or rescue), I would not touch her without x-rays of her front feet. I would want to make sure that she has not previously foundered, even lightly, and does not have any rotation in her Coffin Bone.

A thick, cresty nest is a big warning flag for me.
iridehorses and loosie like this.
    08-28-2012, 04:01 PM
Super Moderator
crested necks

Unless she's terribly overweight all over and showing signs of abnormal fatty deposits then the crest is just part of being a Clyde, they were bred to push on a collar in harness for plow work (they don't pull) so they tend to have huge fronts, shoulders and a big neck is part of that build. Our part Clyde has a huge neck but the rest of her is a good weight and you can feel her ribs, its common in a lot of cobs and draft breeds
If you are concerned ask your vet to do a blood test to check for blood sugar and insulin levels and at the same time do a body score for you
    08-28-2012, 04:05 PM

She is chunky all around, She has no job but to eat the round bale. The lady hasnt had any issues with founder or anything else. The lady has owned her since her birth and has done nothing with her except for ground work.
    08-28-2012, 04:18 PM
Super Moderator
cresty neck

She doesn't look overweight at all to me, I can see the slight crest in her neck but its not massive by any means.
Certainly paying out to have her feet X rayed is worth doing and you should have her vet checked anyway so ask his/her opinion then
    08-28-2012, 04:31 PM
Like I said I'm not worried about it, but the pictures I have are not the best but she is on the chunky side in my opinion as you cannot feel her ribs. I plan on getting her checked but I was just curious if there was anything that could help it. In the second picture it's not as noticeable as in the first one.
    08-28-2012, 04:37 PM
Super Moderator
I also do not think she is obese by any means. Since drafts have such huge percentage with metabolic problems, (hence their tendency to founder), tie up and not be able to eat grain, lush grass and hays that are high in sugar, I would probably still have her checked out by a Vet and x-rayed. Many horses have lamanitic episodes and a good many founder lightly and the owners do not even know it if they are not working or using them. As soon as they are worked, it comes back to bite them.
loosie, DRichmond and jaydee like this.
    08-28-2012, 04:40 PM
Agree with jaydee. It's the breed. And once you start working her a little she'll trim down. Blood test and foot xrays are a good idea, just to be on the safe side.

Now, if I wouldn't like big necks I'd have to look into different breeds.....just saying
Posted via Mobile Device
Cherie and jaydee like this.
    08-28-2012, 04:48 PM
Super Moderator
cresty necks

Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
Agree with jaydee. It's the breed. And once you start working her a little she'll trim down. Blood test and foot xrays are a good idea, just to be on the safe side.

Now, if I wouldn't like big necks I'd have to look into different breeds.....just saying
Posted via Mobile Device
Yes - she is never going to be a slim Jim TB so you have to make up your mind now if that's what you prefer and if she's young she's only going to get thicker set as she matures -
Drafts and cobs - you either have to love them for what they are or leave them well alone
DRichmond likes this.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Long neck VS short neck performance hattumhorsefarm Horse Breeding 9 05-15-2012 08:12 PM
Crested gecko lilkitty90 Other Pets 3 11-11-2010 09:09 AM
Would a neck sweat help his neck? paintluver Horse Riding Critique 31 02-28-2010 01:04 AM
Lowered head/neck and ears pinned to neck coffeemama Horse Training 12 11-07-2009 02:16 AM
i breed crested Geckos ColleenT General Off Topic Discussion 2 04-21-2007 09:32 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:55 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0