I found an ad on craigslist for an almost 2 year old Tennessee Walking Gelding.... I went to go look at him, and gave a deposit for him.....But I'm concerned about something...... His back ankles seemed sore and somewhat swollen... he didn't seem to want to move very fast or put much weight on them (but when I felt them he did not really pull away in pain).....The lady said the reason they're like that, is because the farrier trimmed his hooves too short, and left too much heel on....She also said the farrier said he's got "lazy horse" from his frogs being too deep....? ...But they looked normal to me...And she said he would grow out of that with plenty of exorcise... ? ...I'm going to get him vet checked this weekend before they bring him here.... But I just wanted to see what you guys thought..... Also, his pasterns look long, don't they? I know that can cause coon foot..... In the second pic, you can see his back legs don't look right (swollen/painful).... ....Well, if anyone knows, let me know what you think about this...... does it make sense that his back legs are like that from getting trimmed wrong?? ...And what do you know about "lazy horse" feet??? ....Thanks!
Poor little guy. Looks like his neck is as long or longer than his back. I personally would stay away from this little guy. To me, he just looks like he didn't develop right. Of course that's just MHO.
I believe he is very malnourished.... He has a lot of dandruff, and didn't seem to be feeling well... although he seemed hungry.... He looks younger than she says he is. ......I'm going to get him vet checked right away. I doubt the results will be good though... I feel so bad for him.
His front pasterns are very long compared to his hinds.
His ganglyness is probably more pronounced due to his malnourishment. We have a 3 y/o walker and she is still gangly and very disproportionate, but if she looks anything like any of her siblings she should fill out n the next year or two into a lovely horse, it seems to me that walkers are late blooming horses.
Hope the vet check goes ok and there isnt too much wrong with him. It would be great to see this little guy in a caring home where he actually stands a chance.
I don't really care for his whole back end, and its hard to tell if he is going to grow into it or out of this awkward stage. If you hadn't had said he was two I would have pinned him a weaning or young yearling, he looks very under-developed for his age.
He needs some good groceries to get him looking healthy and hopefully growing properly. I guess see what the vet says, but it would be hard to say what he is going to turn into if he has lacked proper nutrition early in life.
Well its sounds like you've made a good choice of having a vet evaluate him before you buy him so that's good. And honestly you can't just a book by its cover, especially at that age, my cochise was down right ugly to look at times because he just grew so awkward. His butt would grow and grow and it took forever for the rest of him to catch up. My husband would comment on it all the time. I really thought he's was going to turn out weird looking..plus he had this short mane that would stick up til he was almost 2 and I swear he would look more like a mule especially in the winter time. But now at five he has changed so much its crazy..and he's still growing. And you never know what this horses diet has been...I know when I got my walker Snap he was what I considered a rescue..but now he's fat and beautiful..and he has the best personality...sometimes I think he's the only one that realizes he's spoiled. Now on the looks that his legs might look swollen..my walker had some fat ones..especially in the back. I thought they were a little swollen looking too but he even has bigger feet than my quarter horses and he checked out fine. I found his breeder and got a picture of his daddy..a beautiful, very thick built Blk/Whi paint, and knew where he got his looks from.