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    12-21-2010, 09:10 PM
Critique my horse, please. :)

This is Jet. He is believed to be a standardbred or Standardbred cross. I don't know for sure though. I got him a little over a month ago from a rescue and he is looking so much better now weight wise. I know he needs to build up some more muscles but I just wanted to know your thoughts on him. I hope these pics are okay, they would be better if there where someone there to take the picture so I could hold him or vice versa bit here he is; have a go at him! Please and thank you!

P.s. He is 2 and half years old, and he is cow-hocked, I heard that younger horses that are cow-hocked can grow out of it with training, is there any truth to this or is it rubbish?
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    12-21-2010, 09:22 PM
Awe.. He is a cutie. I think he is looking good for a young guy. He is definitely a standardbred or something close to that by looking at his head and chest. I think he is going to grow out very nice. I couldn't tell you anything about the cow hock things though sorry.
    12-21-2010, 09:28 PM
Thanks Gizmo, he is a big goof. When I first got him he was very skinny, not completely emaciated but pretty bad. He was really cow-hocked back then and just over this month there seems to be improvement with him gaining weight and exercising lightly.
    12-21-2010, 09:46 PM
He is very handsome, I think after you get some muscles on him he will make a great horse :)
    12-21-2010, 09:47 PM
I, too, think he is pretty nice looking horse. He is overly long in his back leg (above the hock) but might be changing as he matures. And yes, a tiny bit cowhocked. I really think he is a nice looking horse and that you got pretty lucky . His face is really endearing.

One thing, I noticed that it appears (mind you the photo isn't totally clear) that he is tied to a fence rail. AND not only tied to a fence rail but tied on the nail side of the rail. This means that if your horse pulled back really hard, he could pull the board such that the nails come right out and the board would come flying toward him and if it was still attached to the lead rope and he went running with a board banging along behind him . . . .. can you imagine how horrible that would be?
    12-21-2010, 10:00 PM
I can imagine it now. He has never pulled back or spooked, but I know better to rely on that. Never say never, right. I wouldn't want him to get hurt so from now on I'll be sure to tie him some place safer. Today I didn't tie him at all, just let him eat grass while I brushed him. Thank you for your awareness though, really! :) I feel pretty lucky with him, thanks Tinyliny
    12-21-2010, 10:11 PM
Now that I look closer to the photos he looks to be tied to a post. That might not be as much of an issue. I think the idea is to tie him always to something that won't give away should he panic and pull back. Where our horses are, they are tied to big heavy rails but not directly to the rail but rather to a circle of hay twine. The idea is that if they panic and pull, the twine will break before the rail will come off of the posts. Truth is, I am not so sure of this, but that's what the BO asks us to do. My horse has never panicked, but as you said, never say never.
    12-21-2010, 10:16 PM
This is good advice, I think I will start doing that. Yes in these pics he is tied to posts, but sometimes I do tie him to the rail and I would never want for anything like that, that could be easily preventable, to happen.
    12-22-2010, 04:44 PM
His "cow hock" isn't too severe. Neck looked short in some pictures, but not all. Overall he looks fairly well balanced, his front legs do look a slightly toed out but that might improve with muscling throughout his chest. I'd be happy to own this guy :) What are your plans for him?
    12-22-2010, 06:23 PM
I would like to some lower level dressage with him, but for the most part just hack around.

conformation, critique, rescue, standardbred

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