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post #1 of 8 Old 11-05-2010, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Question Bad pasterns on my future horse?

So I just found this mustang I want to buy: - Classifieds for Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming=

However, his front pasterns seem to be at less than a 45 degree angle. I can't tell if it's just because he needs a trim, or if he's built that way. I'm sure a trim would help to a point, but would they still be too angled? What problems would this extreme angle cause on his performance in the future?

And PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't go buy this horse before I do because you saw the add I posted, lol

Thanks in advance for any help!!!

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post #2 of 8 Old 11-05-2010, 02:31 PM
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IMO, I think his pasterns are too angled. I don't think trimming is going to help. Sorry. I wouldn't buy him.
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-05-2010, 02:41 PM
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He definitely needs a trim, but I don't think that its going to help his angle much. His pasterns are always going to be a bit weak, and his chances of straining tendons in his legs is higher. I think he'd make an cute trail horse, but I wouldn't want to do any sort of jumping, or speed type events with him. He looks pretty nice every where else, he's just got bad fetlock angles.
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post #4 of 8 Old 11-05-2010, 04:17 PM
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I can see why you are concerned and you are right, he is too angled at the pastern in front.
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post #5 of 8 Old 11-05-2010, 05:46 PM
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I have to agree with everyone else. My gelding has the same issue, and it has become a nightmare to keep him sound as he ages. He bowed both front tendons two years ago due to the added strain and while my farrier, vet and I did everything we could, correctional shoeing can only do so much. He's pretty much just an occasional trail horse now.

I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.
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post #6 of 8 Old 11-05-2010, 05:51 PM
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They are not the worst I have seen but they aren't ideal either. There is no way to tell what the future would hold for him, he could end up constantly lame or he could stay sound his entire life under heavy work. I would be leery of doing anything that put excess strain on the front legs like jumping, gymkhana, or anything else that requires a lot of pressure on those tendons. If you decide to get him, I would keep good support boots on him any time you do more than just plod around.
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post #7 of 8 Old 11-06-2010, 04:21 AM
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Sort of unrelated but I really like the idea of the program they are running. Taking the horses and getting them started and then adopting them out for the same BLM fee.

He looks like a nice boy but I would pass too - they really stand out. Maybe check out some of their other horses if you were interested in adopting a work in progress mustang :)

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post #8 of 8 Old 11-06-2010, 04:28 AM
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I don't think you should get him. Even if he stands up to work if you ever want to sell him on you'll have difficulty. Also in the photo where he is walking his legs just don't look right, not just the pasterns.

Shame though, he has a sweet look about him.
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