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    09-25-2010, 09:23 AM
Is there any significant problems regarding a horse that is 'camped out'? We are looking at a 6yr old that is camped out and wanted to know what the concerns may be regarding this type of confirmation.

Originally Posted by alexischristina    
Ok guys! I've been studying conformation to try and get better with this, but I may be wrong... Here goes nothing.

Considering how flat the ground is, he does look like he's built fairly downhill, and his hindlegs are too far back, camped out, I believe the term would be? I personally think his withers look good, and is it just me or does his neck look a little thin?
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    09-25-2010, 04:41 PM
Looks a little bum-high - how old is he? Overall he's quite nice looking :) I don't mind his neck, it doesn't seem too disproportionate to his body. Nice, well sprung ribs. A bit camped out behind as others have said, which connects to his upright rear pasterns. Someone asked about horses being camped out behind - it makes it harder for the horse to engage his hindquarters, so higher level dressage, maintaining bascule over a jump, and galloping efficiency would be more difficult. More strain on ligaments and tendons on the innerside of the legs. In this guy's case, he's not rediculously camped out behind, so you couldn't disregard him completely. He's likely still a nice guy and a decent mover anyhow. :)
    09-25-2010, 04:50 PM
He seems to have a nice body overall. I would be very cautious of the left front. It looks like it could be a tendon/ligament issue, or possible joint issue in the fetlock such as untreated bone-chip. His knees concern me, but not as much as his ankle. The camped out thing would be secondary to overall lameness issues in the front end. Depending on what you want him for, he could be just the right horse, but if you have jumping/eventing in mind, you may want to keep looking.
    09-25-2010, 04:56 PM
OK, so I went back and looked again...something about his hocks was bugging me. Looks like he may have lameness issues in the hocks as well. Maybe I'm just paranoid from working with racehorses with hock issues, but it looks like he may be somewhat boggy. This could be due to his being slighly camped out as it puts aditional strain on the tendons and on the hock as well. His hoof angle behind is sorta wonky as well, maybe due to his slightly upright hind pasterns. Not trying to bash the horse at all, but former racers are often riddled with lameness issues which may or may not become an issue in the future. You just have to be aware and willing to deal with them.
Good luck on the horse-hunt!
    09-25-2010, 10:13 PM
Yeah, something about him is off....His LF ankle looks swollen, too

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