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post #1 of 12 Old 07-19-2008, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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indy :) **pic heavy**

Hi guys, I was hoping someone wouldn't mind critiquing Indy. Some background info: I got him almost a year ago as a three year old, he will be four at the end of the summer. I hope to eventually use him for some kind of jumping, not sure if it will be hunter or what, because he has free jumped and shows a bit of hidden talent.

I've been riding for about ten years and while it has deffinately been a challenge working with him, the rewards have been tremendous.

There is no video of me riding (until tomorrow!) but I was hoping to see what you guys thought of his movement and build.

I don't know if it's just because my computer has been a little out of sorts lately or if it really is fuzzy, but when I downloaded the video onto youtube it got really fuzzy. It's perfectly fine on Facebook and the program I used to make it, but for some reason youtube is a bit strange... If the quality is to bad to critique, please let me know. Also, the music is Shake by the Ying Yang twins so if your speakers are turned up loud, well, don't say I didn't warn you
Thanks in advance!

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1xehtO7UC0

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post #2 of 12 Old 07-19-2008, 10:00 PM
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What breed is he, that would help me critique a bit...
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post #3 of 12 Old 07-19-2008, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Honestly, I have no clue.

The most educated guess I can give you is thoroughbred with possibly arabian or quarter horse thrown in.

Story is my good friends parents bought him at an auction as a yearling just so the killer buyers wouldn't get him. Then at the end of the last summer I bought him from them as my "project horse".

My friends aunt is getting me any info she can about the auction he came from who sold him etc. I am going to try and back track to see what his story is.

Sorry!
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post #4 of 12 Old 07-21-2008, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Guys...?
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post #5 of 12 Old 07-21-2008, 04:27 PM
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He might be a tad sickle hocked and his back doesn't have very much, um definition... or curve maybe... something isn't quite right there... it's hard to tell from these picture angles

I think in the first two he is definitely standing oddly

I really love his face though, it's adorable
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post #6 of 12 Old 07-21-2008, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks mlkarel2010!

Is him being sickle-hocked something I should be worried about? I've never really heard much about it aside from what it actually is. Does it restrict him or limit what I can do with him? I did a little research online but really found nothing other then "These horses usually become lame permenantly and have to be killed".

As for his back, is there anything I could do for him for that? I noticed that myself, but then I wonder if it could be the pictures because I have never noticed that before. I didn't realize what bad angles they were taken at, i'm sorry

Last thing I wanted to add, I swear! Would the vet have said anything about him being slightly sickle-hocked? When I bought him he vetted out TOTALLY fine. Said he wasn't a "perfect horse" but he didn't see anything wrong with his legs.

Thanks!!
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Ok, so I did some googleing and found this on *Wikipedia*...

Sickle Hocked
# the hind leg slants forward, in front of the plumb line, when viewed from the side. The cannon is unable to be put in vertical position. Also called “curby” hock, as it is associated with soft tissue injury in the rear, lower part of the hock.
# Limits the straightening and backward extension of hocks, which this limits push-off, propulsion, and speed. There is overall more hock and stifle stress.
# Closed angulation and loading on the back of the hock predisposes the horse to bone and bog spavin, thoroughpin, and curb.
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UPDATE! Riding Indy

Thank you Stepher for the information about sickle-hocks. It has made my understanding of what it is just that much better. I have no idea why I could not find that on my computer..... :roll:

I also have a video of me riding Indy, well it's actually lots of clips of different videos all from the same day, you know what I mean. It's slightly fuzzy after uploading it to photobucket... I don't know why...

One thing I noticed and have been working on for quite some time is that I seem to be leaning back a bit to much at the canter, is this something you guys notice drastically in the video? When I'm riding I can usually feel when I am leaning back to far but I didn't feel it to much yesterday so I adjusted when I thought it was necessary. Also, I've had someone who viewed one of my videos elsewhere say that my behind was bouncing around to much. Honestly when I was riding it felt like I was glued to the saddle. Even my BM came out and commented on how well I was staying with him even when he took off on me. Then I watched this video and I can see how it looks like I was bouncing around.... What do you think about this?

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Well from the riding, I think he will be better put into an english discipline But otherwise...yeah.

I dreamed about him, being something untouchable to me, untamable, and wild.
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Thanks mlkarel2010!

Is him being sickle-hocked something I should be worried about? I've never really heard much about it aside from what it actually is. Does it restrict him or limit what I can do with him? I did a little research online but really found nothing other then "These horses usually become lame permenantly and have to be killed".

As for his back, is there anything I could do for him for that? I noticed that myself, but then I wonder if it could be the pictures because I have never noticed that before. I didn't realize what bad angles they were taken at, i'm sorry

Last thing I wanted to add, I swear! Would the vet have said anything about him being slightly sickle-hocked? When I bought him he vetted out TOTALLY fine. Said he wasn't a "perfect horse" but he didn't see anything wrong with his legs.

Thanks!!
Okay, I feel bad just seeing this now... I lost this topic for some reason...

I've already told you not to panick, but I will definitely say that he won't need to be put down for it. He's barely sickle-hocked if that, but like I said that picture could be misleading.

It's so slight that it's just a minor conformation flaw. No different than having a tad long back or a steep croup. Your horse isn't going to be limited physically, but might not do so good in a halter class, for example.

I really am sorry to freak you out though, and that it took me so long to respond
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