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    06-24-2011, 08:37 AM
Another confo Critque!

I was offered this horse cheap, I buy no means, expected the horse too look like this :@.

To me he is sickle hocked and toed out, I didn't really notice the toeing out in the flesh. But the photos speak 1000 words.

He is a 6y/o thoroughbred gelding, he was rejected from racing after trialling. He went threw the auctions, and is destined to end up there again. I Kind of jumped the gun and said i'd look at him to save him from the meat man. But it's not looking good, to be honest.

It also looks like his front legs, have got two different length pasterns!? It may just be an illusion, but it looks liek the white leg is longer and more upright then the black leg?

It may be just the way he was standing all sloppy and lazy like. Please! Do critic, and tear this little horse apart! It will not hurt me or him! :)
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    06-28-2011, 12:23 PM
    06-29-2011, 12:36 AM
He is a bit toe-out, good observation. It may just be the way he's standing in the photo but his hocks don't look too bad - he's a bit base-wide but that's better than a bit narrow. He looks to me to be a bit long in the back but I like his length of rein (neck) and it balances him out a little bit.

He looks like a sweet horse, he has a kind face. Not so much 'pretty' but very very kind.

He is a bit upright through that white pastern, it's hard to say on length when they're different angles like that though. He may be a teeny bit over at the knee on that all-black foreleg.

He does have a goose rump, which may be considered to be a fault - I personally LIKE a goose rump because I ride jumpers and it can create more power in the hindquarter thus allowing him to get off the ground more easily.

I would say more but I really need to get ready for work :\
    06-29-2011, 02:14 AM
Haha thanks for that! Yes I wanted to use him as a jumper when I first heard abotu him, he has the right attitude for jumping. :)
    07-01-2011, 11:40 AM
Well I think he would be a lovely jumper :) You might have your work cut out for you training him but I think he's not the worst I've ever seen out there competing at a high level (I saw one with REALLY bad hunter's bump, which is a sign of sacro-iliac problems, competing at 1.20m+ - a horse I personally wouldn't touch with a 10-foot pole, but he was doing well)

This particular horse may or may not reach a high level but I think he would have a lot of fun trying.
    07-01-2011, 01:33 PM
I know you were concentrated on his legs, but what about what attaches them to the horse? Lines in a horse's ass mean BIG problems, there are huge muscles that tighten and cause a horse life long problems and pull the rear into having those lines. Bad confirmation is nothing but a tight muscle, since that's the only thing that can move a bone. I'd put him into massage therapy right away. Riding him would just case him pain, considering the muscles that bear weight are in the ass end. What really cases the toe-in/toe-out are the point of butt coming in or out too much. You push the butt over into the correct place and the hooves come back into line. His spine is locked down and there probably isn't any meat on his shoulders. He's most likely girthy because his pectorals are too tight, and his front legs are locked behind him. I would really consider some alternative therapies for him. But just scratching everywhere will also get muscle releases.

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