I got cruiser a few days ago... He is a 8 yr old reg half arab. He is a grey/white paint.. you can't really tell becuase of his winter coat.. but he also has freckles.. adorable.. yes I know he is fat... other than that.. critique? At his other home.. the horses beat the crap out of him.... that is why his front end is all busted up..
I think he looks lame too...even in the movement shots. Look at the angle of his one foot and his head. When they pull their head up like that, it normally means their one foot they are landing onis sore. But he's in suspension...so I can't tell.
How does his movement feel to you? Are any of his hooves hot to the touch?
Maybe its juuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuust me who doesnt think its a lameness issue....
But is he being "asked" to stand like that because he is Half Arabian?
At first I thought he was having soundness issues, then I thought maybe he was being asked to park out. I know near to nothing about Arabains though so I could be completely missing the mark here... :p but after looking at the photos again, I see a crop on the ground, and I think they use a whip in the Arabian Show Circuit to get them to park out. The only difference is that his head and neck aren't extended =)
How come he needs a Mechanical Hackamore? Be careful with that thing!! ;) Is it set too high on his head? It looks like the swivel point of the shank is on his cheek. I've never used one of those things before (too worried that I would accidentally be heavy handed) so I could be completely wrong about the placement ^^
I think he is cute, I noticed the paint spot on his shoulder in the first pic! The mane color is a dead give-away!! Just look at those teentsie little footsies!!
Oop! I just noticed something... look at the angles on the Pasterns on his front feet. The Right is MUCH steeper than the Left. =X that could cause some soundness issues.. Have your Farrier take a look at those angles and make sure the hooves are trimmed to try to even it out a bit more. Joey has a milder case of uneven pasterns.. his is actually THE DREADED CLUB FOOOOOT lol! Our farrier gets his angles right and he is always sound and happy!