Yes, he's a by a QH stallion out of a Fox Trotter mare. He was my buy-on-get-one-free surprise when I bought my mare about a little over a year ago.
I almost put in a disclaimer about the leg, but then I thought, let's see how noticeable it is.
It is actually a deformed cannon bone that he was born with. The vet didn't quite believe it and thought it was the extensor (sp?) tendon, but it was firm to the touch and he wasn't lame on it, so finally he x-rayed it, and yup, that's the shape of the cannon bone.
It really makes me frustrated because I think he is very handsome otherwise, and mainly I worry about future soundness. He's been really sound on it so far, but it sets his fetlock/pastern joint and more of an angle than normal. But hey, what can I do but love him and hope for the best? Right now he is sound, so I can't always worry about the future or I would worry myself to death. But I just HATE IT that he was born that way.
I even go over and over in my mind about what I could have done wrong, but I tried so hard to get the mare's nutrition and everything right, once I found out she was pregnant. I really think it was a positional problem in the womb. The leg looks like it was cramped and grew twisted from the pressure.
I think he would actually be quite attractive if it were not for the leg. Well, I think he is attractive anyway, but so much emphasis is put on conformation, and that horses are athletes, that it just tears me up that he is messed up.
Anyway, other than the leg, which I can't do anything about, I am very happy with the way he is growing. I think he will have a nice QH butt. All the other foals by the same stallion were built very much like QHs. I figure if he's a crossbreed, QH is as good a cross as any.
I don't know when I will start riding him, if I am even lucky enough to due to the leg. I figure by the time he is 3, I should know if the leg is going to be a problem or not. I am already ponying him when I trail ride as the vet thought it would help strengthen the leg since I don't have a pasture for him to play on.
So he is my little "trail horse in training" and I will just take it one day at a time.
Tinyliny, congrats on being the only one to guess he has some gaited horse in him. I don't even see it in him, other than he has his mom's lovely head. I think that's his mom's prettiest feature!