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post #1 of 13 Old 05-28-2010, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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No hair around the eyes.

Hello... I have a question about our new addition at the horse shelter. He is a stallion, around 13 hh tall, over 10 years old. He was a cart horse all his life.
He has a problem around the eyes and mouth. He hasn't any hair around the eyes, it's only the skin. He doesn't seems to have a problem because of it but I don't know what can cause this. It's possible to be the result of an infection?

And the second problem are his front legs. The pastern is very long and sloppy. Do you think that his feet look very strange? It's another problem or it's just a conformational flaw?

And btw. The horse will be gelded soon. He isn't stallion quality and is a bit hard to handle.

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post #2 of 13 Old 05-28-2010, 02:42 PM
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Wow, that's strange. It almost looks like that disease that people get where they lose pigmentation in their skin called vitiligo. However, I don't know if horses can have that. Maybe it's scars? As for his fetlocks, he looks like he has dropped fetlocks on both front feet. His hooves don't look bad, just his fetlocks. He even has fetlock deformities on at least the right hind as well, possibly both hinds.

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The skin around the eyes and mouth...could it have been from a poor fiting bridle with blinders? Maybe he has sensitive skin...either way bare skin should get some sunscreen on it because I couldnt imagine how bad it would hurt to have sunburned eyes. As far as his legs go...yikes...those pasterns look bad. I suppose if he is sound, its not a big deal. I just can't see him staying sound into his later years. The length and angle is, as smrobs said, a deformity. Im not getting down on your boy...he is very cute and has that 'ive got personality' look to him...those legs just look off.
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@ smrobs : thank you. Now I see that his hind legs looks strange too. I didn't noticed. And besides of that he wasn't trimmed in the back because he didn't stand still.
And it really look like vitiligo from distance :) until you see that he has no hair there. He is a special horse. I think that he looks like a mule with those eyes. He has such a childish expression on his face.
Do you think that he should be kept as a pasture ornament with those legs or it's ok for light riding? If we put him for adoption we should know what he can do.

@ corinowalk : Yes, he had bridle with blinders. A very bad fitting one. I saw it when I went to the place were he was abandoned. He was abandoned with another horse, with the cart, and with the bridle and harness still on him.
He is sweet for a stallion, but has a lot of lack of respect so we really should geld him and see what we'll do with him after that. Maybe he will be adopted. If not he will stay at us.

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looks like maybe mites...has he has any problems with that? I would ask the vet about it...or maybe a fungus.
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I would bet he rubbed all the hair off on that bridle and it either hasnt grown back yet or its just not going to. Im guessing he was in a traditional driving bit almost like a full cheek...thats the way it looks like it has rubbed. He has a very cute face! Even with the hair missing its hard to resist the fact that he is totally adorable. Good luck with him!
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@ Gidget : Thank you. He doesn't have a problem with mites but it may be a fungus. I was thinking of that too. The doctor told us that it's ok, it isn't a big problem so it don't need to be treated.. But the doctors from here are awful. If the horse is not valuable they don't care about him very much.

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@ corinowalk : He had a plain snaffle bit, but the bridle was awful. The noseband was a chain. Poor horse. Fortunately he wasn't starved so that's a good thing. He looks way better than when we took him, he is such an easy keeper. Thank you, I really appreciate.

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I am not sure that I would want to try riding him. If he gets around fine on his own and you want to give it a try, make sure to find the lightest saddle and rider possible to put as little strain on his legs as you can.

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I am not sure that I would want to try riding him. If he gets around fine on his own and you want to give it a try, make sure to find the lightest saddle and rider possible to put as little strain on his legs as you can.
Oh, in this case I guess that he will remain just a pasture ornament. I was thinking that we could offer him for adoption. But if he can't be used no one will want him. Thank you. If it was about me I wouldn't ride him either. It looks painful for me the way that he is walking. I guess that he is not in pain but who knows. I wouldn't ride a horse like him even if I will know that he has no problem with it.

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