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post #1 of 4 Old 05-01-2011, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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What is a "pencil neck"

I know that might sound like a dumb question but can someone please explain what it is, if it is a bad thing and if it can be corrected. I bought my paint gelding a few weeks ago (won't have him home until the 9th of May) and while at the stable where I bought him I asked the owner to point out the conformation flaws in him and a couple of other horses, I was interested in. (What she said would not have swayed my decision on which horse to buy I was just curious) She said quite distainfully that he had a long back and a pencil neck. He seems to be quite thin but it was hard to tell just how thin because of his long winter coat. He certainly felt very ribby. I intend to put some decent weight on him when I get him home, but I was just wondering abot the whole pencil neck thing, is it just a thin neck or something else? I am using him for light trail riding. He is 16.2hh (or thereabouts) and just turned 11 yrs old. I will post some pictures when I get him home.
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-01-2011, 08:00 PM
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I've never heard the term... I'm guessing it just means a thin neck.

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post #3 of 4 Old 05-01-2011, 08:07 PM
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It's the term for having a thin neck, from lacking weight, or muscle. Some horses are genetically predisposed to it.
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