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    11-08-2011, 10:30 PM
Green Broke
16 Month Old Gelding

Hi guys! Here is my gelding at 16 months. He stands 14.2, 950 lbs. (according to my Purina weight tape). Any thoughts?

Plan is for him to be a trail horse, but I am curious what you guys think is aptitudes may be. I know he is far from perfect, but I will go into more detail later. Right now I want unbiased opinions.

How large do you think he will mature to? The vet keeps saying "that's going to be a big horse" and he hasn't even seen him for 6 months.

So I sort of wanted to show him off, but I also want to hear honest critiques as well. I promise I won't get my feelings hurt.

Also, he has NOT been backed. I am just saddling him and letting him stand tied to learn patience and get used to tack. I am a heavy rider, so it won't be until his 3 yr old year that I send him out to get actual saddle training. The trainer I have my eye on is pretty light, but I have to be able to put mileage on him when I get him back so I am going to wait until the spring of his 3 year old year.
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    11-08-2011, 10:40 PM
I like him a lot I think he is a pretty boy. I really like his short back and his neck looks like it's going to be really strong!! Love the color too I bet he is a beauty in his summer coat!!
    11-08-2011, 11:17 PM
The only place I will fault him is that he looks a a bit straight in the hocks in these pics. He is very cute and has a sweet face. I would love to see pics of him when he has shed out because I know that fuzzy can hide a lot of different things. LOL

As for his height: measure from the break in his knee to the hairline of his hoof, what you get in inches will be what he will be in hands. For example, my friends horse is 15 1/4 inches from knee to hair line and stands 15.1hh.
    11-08-2011, 11:40 PM
LOL, you already know I've got a soft spot for Zane . I think he looks amazing and I believe your vet to be correct, he is going to be a big horse. He may not be super tall, but he will certainly be a stout, strong son-of-a-gun. Excellent shoulder, good neck, I love his chest and shoulder...and butt...and back LOL. He may be just a touch back at the knee...maybe...maybe not. The angles on his back legs aren't perfect, but they aren't bad either. Is he staying within about an inch? A bit downhill, but he's 16 mos, that's to be expected.

I love him. I love his kind eye and he's got a beautiful head.
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    11-08-2011, 11:41 PM
Omg, I can't get past that funky mane.
    11-10-2011, 11:33 PM
Green Broke
Thanks guys!

I was wondering how obvious his leg problem was. Apparently not terribly obvious which is great.

He was born with a deformed cannon bone on his right hind. He will always have it, but I do think it's looking better since when he was a foal. Yes, Smrobs, he's staying within an inch of the other leg. Every so often I measure from the ergot to the point of his hocks, and there is almost exactly an inch difference. But because there was some concern that maybe that leg wouldn't keep pace, I'm really glad that it has stayed at an inch difference. Wish it would get better, but at least it's not getting worse.

MysterySparrow, I have measured him that way and it says he will be about 16 or 16.1 hands. His Mom is only 15.1 and his string measurements are longer than hers! So we'll have to see.

If the withers catch up to the hips (and I hope they do) at what age do they usually level out?

I have this fear that he will have problems because his hips are uneven due to the shorter leg, but at this point I just can't worry over it. I've done so much worrying over him since he was born. It was like one crisis after another (leg deformity, navel infection, constipation, diarrhea, infection from castration). I'm so glad things have settled down. This boy is giving me gray hairs!
    11-11-2011, 01:17 AM
That's what I was wondering, I was hoping that it had not gotten any worse since the last time you mentioned it. XX Fingers, toes, and ever other crossable body part crossed that it stays that way .

IME, most horses have mostly leveled out by about 3. Sometimes they will throw another spurt in there and increase the difference a bit but it's never so much that they get the fugly yearling stages going again .

Like you said, I wouldn't worry about his leg too much, especially since there isn't anything you can do about it. For when he gets older around riding age, you might discuss with your farrier and vet to see if he would do better as he is or if it might be better to try to pad him up and get him closer to level. But, that's a whole nother year in the future...
    11-11-2011, 01:26 AM
Now that you mention it lol I notice it =p he still looks really good to me =) he sems to be worth the gray hairs!!! Wishing for the best!!

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