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    11-30-2010, 07:15 AM
Interesting case

We received almost a week ago a stallion. He was brought to us as a donation from an old man (over 80 years old) that couldn't keep it longer. The owner was obviously old enough to deal with a stallion. He cared a lot for his horse, he even cried when he brought the horse to us.

The horse - Stallion, 18 years old, bay.

The problem is he has horrible conformation, a lot of flaws and a very strange swelling at his left hock.
We don't really know what to do with him.
Yesterday he was gelded. The doctor examined the swelling in his hock and said that nothing can be done for him. He said that probably the leg was fractured in the past and the bone grew abnormally to heal the fracture. The right hind leg was deformed because the horse used it a lot to compensate for the injured leg. I didn't understood the diagnosis so I can't tell you more about it. The swelling is very hard when you touch it, it's really like a bone.
Now we are looking for corrective shoes for his right hind leg.
I'm trying to find out opinions about him. What will be best for him?
We don't really want to put him down because the owner brought him to us hoping that we will give him some more years of rest and peaceful life. It will be so cruel to put him down right now.

I really can't understand how they kept him stallion all this years with his horrible conformation.







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    11-30-2010, 07:41 AM
Wow I've never seen anything like that!! Its amazing he can still walk! Poor guy I have no suggestions sorry....... good luck with him hope everything works out
    11-30-2010, 08:04 AM
If he isn't in pain why not just leave him as a pasture pet?
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    11-30-2010, 09:51 AM
Keeping him as a stallion doesn't necessarily mean he was used for breeding. Some people (son in law is a prime example) just think owning a stallion is more macho than owning a gelding.

I agree that his conformation is pretty poor, and his leg problems are very distressing to see. However, he doesn't appear to be in a great deal of pain, and if something can be done to help correct the right leg - like the corrective shoeing you mentioned, he looks like he would be a good pasture pet, as Poco mentioned.

Our neighbor had a horse with a hock swelling very similar to the one this horse has. It was also due to a fracture that healed abnormally in spite of vet care. His horse wasn't as bad off as this one appears to be, but was very content as a pasture pet and occasional lead line horse for the little grandkids. The horse lived to be 37 years old, and in spite of the hitch in his gitalong, ran, bucked and played in the pasture until the day he died.
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    11-30-2010, 11:54 AM
I don't know if the owner cared for that horse very much, or he would have got it vetted and fed him more. He's so skinny and being a stallion that injury on his hock could have been fight related. Tried to kick at a fence..ect my trainers ex event horse had a hock like that and it went down after a week.
    11-30-2010, 12:00 PM
With the leg issues he has, being thin is probably a good thing.
    11-30-2010, 01:07 PM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
With the leg issues he has, being thin is probably a good thing.
While he could probably use a couple pounds on him I agree that care should be taken to make sure he maintains a slightly more slender weight since more weight could cause additional leg issues.
    11-30-2010, 01:13 PM
I can't imagine that that horse is not in some form of discomfort.....I know what I would do if it was my horse....

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    11-30-2010, 02:45 PM
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Originally Posted by xXEventerXx    
i don't know if the owner cared for that horse very much, or he would have got it vetted and fed him more. He's so skinny and being a stallion that injury on his hock could have been fight related. Tried to kick at a fence..ect my trainers ex event horse had a hock like that and it went down after a week.
You are right. You don't know.
    11-30-2010, 03:31 PM
Thank you for the responses. They are very helpful. For the moment he will be for sure kept as a pasture pet. We wait to see if his condition will go worse or better. If it will go worse he will be probably put to sleep. But I think that his leg is like that for a lot of time. It isn't something recent for sure. If it was something recent the right leg wouldn't became so malformed.

@ Dee:
I've assumed that it was kept for breeding because here it is a common practice to keet a stallion and to breed him for money (or other form of payment). The owner is very old so I don't think that he wanted to be a macho. Here they breed anything that can be bred without thinking at quality. And I'm sometime amazed by this like in this certain case.

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