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post #1 of 27 Old 11-22-2009, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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how dose my horse look

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post #2 of 27 Old 11-22-2009, 10:59 PM
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I love black horses. Very handsome boy. Looks like he could use muscling in the hindquarters. Looks cowhocked. And in the last picture his back pasterns look really wierd, but it might just be the angle of the pick. Is he a cribber? But anyways he really is a handsome boy.

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post #3 of 27 Old 11-22-2009, 10:59 PM
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-Post legged (straight legs) in the back
-Hind pasterns are long, looks like he has a suspensory issue in his hinds
-Fairly straight shoulder
-Stands under in the front

*The last two I think are the way he's standing, not actual conformation.

I love his color and he looks fairly well balanced in body dimensions. I've seen other pics and he has a pretty face too. It looks like you guys have a good time together. He looks like a real sweetie.
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post #4 of 27 Old 11-22-2009, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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yah he also stands like a cow lol here are some better pics

This one he dosnt look that bad

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Still post legged in the back, but I don't see the pastern deal as bad. His shoulder and front legs look better though. Really he's a good looking horse, they all have faults. The only thing I find concerning is the straight hinds and pastern issues visible in the first pics (primarily). Overall, there isn't anything that is going to cause you problems with general riding and etc.

Just looked something up and it looks like he "may" have degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis. Look it up real quick and you'll find some info (I've got to study still tonight, sorry!))

This is a good Wiki article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equine_conformation
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post #6 of 27 Old 11-22-2009, 11:21 PM
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He's awfully cute!
I would be concerned about his hind end. His pasterns are very long, and his hocks are quite straight (post-hocked) and I am concerned that you might be looking at a suspensory problem in the near future. I'm thinking Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Desmitis (DSLD) DSLD
I think you jump this horse on a regular basis from your previous posts? Please correct me if I'm wrong! I would be concerned that his hind end might not hold up, it's something to discuss with your vet. (Images of DSLD horses: "HORSE CARE" Hoof Trimming Learning Videos, Laminitis Treatment, Well-horse, Skin Fungus, Testimonials )
His front pasterns are quite long as well.
He has a very nice shoulder and deep wither. I love his face :)
Again, I would really like to urge you to see about the DSLD to keep both you and your horse happy :)


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DSLD is becoming more common. You can't diagnose it till after death by looking at the structure of the muscle fibers in the suspensory legs. I agree. When I saw the first set of pictures I was like Holey Cow. Those back legs have some sort of suspensory issues. The best thing for this is 24/7 turnout and support boots (like smbs when possible.) Talk to your vet about the exent of his problem. My first horse's suspensories eventually turned to scar tissue. It felt like they were calcified. He was stalled, but only when I would put standing wraps and pillows on him.
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LOL, JDI you and I were posting at the same time. Glad you've heard of DSLD too, I don't know much about it.
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post #9 of 27 Old 11-22-2009, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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its rare when I jump him f I do there little shows but as you all don't know im planing to show him western for now on and english flat classes my hole plane was to stop jumping him because that but he born with his legs like that and after 3 years of getting his hoofs trim so short you saw all the nervs didint help so when I got him we let his hoofs grow and next summer im going to get shoes on the back hoofs also not in the winter he will slip on ice lol
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DSLD is becoming more common. You can't diagnose it till after death by looking at the structure of the muscle fibers in the suspensory legs. I agree. When I saw the first set of pictures I was like Holey Cow. Those back legs have some sort of suspensory issues. The best thing for this is 24/7 turnout and support boots (like smbs when possible.) Talk to your vet about the exent of his problem. My first horse's suspensories eventually turned to scar tissue. It felt like they were calcified. He was stalled, but only when I would put standing wraps and pillows on him.

He lives outside all year round he hates it inside
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