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    10-03-2011, 04:03 PM
Croup muscle looks funny

Has anyone ever seen a quarter horse who's croup muscle is formed in the typical "apple butt" at the top on each side. Then as in comes down toward the tail, about half way, the muscle is obviously less. Almost like a step down. It's even on both sides. The horse is a fine looking quarter horse is every respect, except for this hind end that I've never seen.

The back bone is fine, it sets down between the muscle, not "Jumper's Bump". It's the muscle that seems to be developed at the top, then not down to the tail dock. Or maybe it's a fatty deposit and not muscle? The horse has had not work for at least a year. I'm thinking about getting the horse, but would be interested to know if this indicates an injury or is just poor condition. Thanks, will try to get a picture.
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    10-03-2011, 04:37 PM
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Sorry, I just can't form a picture in my mind. I'll wait for a photo.
    10-03-2011, 04:59 PM
It's hard to describe, I will post a picture.
    10-03-2011, 05:26 PM
Interested in seeing a photo. Hard to come up with something by description, only thing that comes to mind is goose rumped.
    10-03-2011, 05:30 PM
Until I get to the horse, I've indicated on this image the area I'm talking about.

It's like the rump is nice a round as a quarter horse should be, but just not all the way down to the tail. There's a definite end to the roundness about half way down, the same on each side, like a step.

    10-03-2011, 05:45 PM
OP, I think I know what you are talking about. Something similar to this?

If so, then it's a pretty standard example of an over-muscled halter bred horse.
    10-03-2011, 05:49 PM
Your top pic looks just like it. So, it's not a bad thing?
    10-03-2011, 05:51 PM
Originally Posted by Sunda    
Your top pic looks just like it. So, it's not a bad thing?
That's not what she said.

Rob said it's typical of overmuscled halter QHs, not that it's a good thing.
    10-03-2011, 06:14 PM
What I mean is, is this something that will cause the horse problems?
I just talked with a vet, she seems to think, since the horse has not been worked for so long, it's most likely fatty deposits rather that over muscled.
    10-03-2011, 06:21 PM
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It isn't that big a deal. It is a common feature in several breeds, especially drafts and QH's. It can be a sign that the horse will be typically short strided on the flat, which is a desired trait among QH's. It is called goose rump or goose hipped in some circles.

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