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    03-06-2014, 11:22 PM
Question Is there something wrong with his legs? {PIC}

I honestly don't know much about this baby, just met him today. I think he's about a week old, now.
His legs just look really weird to me. Is it just that he's a baby, or do these not look like normal baby legs?
The barn owner wasn't around, so I couldn't just ask her, so I was wondering what you all thought.


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    03-06-2014, 11:58 PM
They look pretty wonky, but sometimes baby legs do (well they all do to an extent). I don't have enough baby experience to say 100% but they should straighten out in a day or two. He may always be over at the knee though.
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    03-06-2014, 11:59 PM
Most babies are over the knee for a bit after they're born.
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    03-07-2014, 12:07 AM
Yes, but that does look a little extreme to me.
    03-07-2014, 12:28 AM
Take this with a HUGE grain of salt, I'm definitely no baby expert but they look wonky to me.
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    03-07-2014, 01:09 AM
I'm much less concerned about him being so over at the knee than I am about those super long, weak pasterns that he obviously inherited from momma . Over at the knee will often correct itself in time (providing that it's not really extreme), but he'll always have long, weak pasterns.

My draft cross was about as bad as that that foal when he was a baby

But he grew up straight and strong
    03-07-2014, 07:47 AM
Gorgeous horse Smrobs !!!
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    03-07-2014, 03:07 PM
The pasterns are hideously long... Poor foal.
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    03-07-2014, 06:21 PM
Originally Posted by smrobs    
I'm much less concerned about him being so over at the knee than I am about those super long, weak pasterns that he obviously inherited from momma . Over at the knee will often correct itself in time (providing that it's not really extreme), but he'll always have long, weak pasterns.
I thought the same thing. This woman breeds quantity, not quality. The mare is APHA registered, only about 5 or so. Never broken out, obviously not that great of conformation. The stallion is an 18 hh warmblood jumper. Basically a woman who owns a jumper barn a few hours away knew the BO was really good at breeding, and so she sent the stallion and some of her mares to our barn to be bred. In addition to pay, she let the BO breed her APHA mares. While most of them have good lines, they've also never proved themselves. I can only imagine the price tag these foals will have.
She got one of her mares accepted onto a sporthorse-type registry, and despite the fact that this mare is not broken out or anything (even though she's like 6 now), she hiked the price up from $2,000 to $10,000. This woman just doesn't get it!!

Sorry for the rant, haha. It's really frustrating, since I can't say anything to change her, and all of these horses are being bred year after year and the horses just aren't selling. So they sit in the pasture. UGH!!
    03-07-2014, 10:44 PM
Originally Posted by CandyCanes    
The pasterns are hideously long... Poor foal.
I think the pasterns are one of the few bones that are close to done growing when the foal is born. So they WILL look out of proportion compared to the rest of the foal, which is still growing.

The pasterns don't scare me. But then again, what do I know, I have only owned one foal.

The knees..... I had no idea that it was normal for them to be over at the knee at birth. Hmm. I will have to go back and look at pictures of my foal, but I don't think he was over at the knee like that.

What I think happens though, is everything is so cramped inside momma with all those long legs and what-not, that it takes a little time everything that is too tight to loosen up and everything that is too loose to tighten up and start working properly after the foal is born. For instance, one of my foal's hind legs looked contracted when he was born and that tendon did loosen up and found a normal angle after a while.
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