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post #1 of 6 Old 06-27-2012, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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Possible Unsoundness in rear Pasterns?

Confirmation looks good, but seems to have weak rear pasterns. Hes a 5 year old quarter horse about 14.3, He seems to stumble/ drag rear feet. In the second video watch his right rear leg very closely at 47 seconds in. Could it be corrected? Thank you for any info

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-27-2012, 12:38 AM
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i see what you mean there on the 47sec thing.. im not sure.. sometimes my horse will do that if he isnt expecting me to kick him to get it in gear..

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By any chance do your horses rear pasterns look like this guys, at a similar angle?
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F.Y.I that is not me riding, that is the current owner, this is a horse I'm looking to buy, Could rider weight play a factor?
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Seems like a risky purchase, but I do feel sorry for the horse.

What does the owner say is wrong with him?

I definitely see what you are talking about. It is very evident in all the ridden videos. The free lunging video I'm not sure. But even when he is not knuckling over (or whatever you would call it) he looks stiff in his hind end. I don't know if that would be hocks, stifles, or what.

I also wonder about saddle fit with a heavier rider. I am a heavy rider myself and I consider saddle fit critical. If he has back pain that could cause him to have trouble with his hind end. I had an Arabian whose back end would dip out from under him occasionally while being ridden and I was a novice at the time and didn't know why. Looking back on it I'm sure it was a saddle fit issue.

Have you tried running your fingers along his spine to see if he shows back pain?

The best thing to do, if you were serious about the horse, is get a vet's opinion. As a purchase I think he would be risky. Because it could be something potentially serious like joint problems. But it could also be something curable like a poorly fitting saddle. A vet would be better able to make that call.

I really feel bad for the horse, that he was pushed to canter when he obviously has problems. And he's also wearing a tie-down. He might be carrying his head high because he's in pain not because he just wants to carry his head high, know what I mean?
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Originally Posted by Barnbabe2013 View Post
By any chance do your horses rear pasterns look like this guys, at a similar angle?
For what it's worth, his rear pastern angles look normal to me.

His croup is steep, but I don't think that would cause the issue. I have a friend with a mare with a very steep croup and she never has any problems with her.

He's kind of a handsome chunk! And on the plus side he seems to have a good disposition. He is moving with an obvious problem and does little more than swish his tail. Poor guy!

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