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post #21 of 33 Old 03-07-2013, 04:35 PM
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Am I seeing a clubbed right rear foot?

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goodness no! Hooves and feet are all sound
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He is butt high for sure BUT I've had colts who were butt high then wither high months later. Then sometimes they did it all over again.
He may end up butt high but I don't think it will be anything like this.

You really do not want this colt weight bearing for a good while yet. Let him get his "wonkyness" straightened out first.

LOL kinda reminds me of my stepson whose ears, nose and feet grew and grew until I thought we were going to have to get him a job at the fair. Then one day he was suddenly a nice looking young man.
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LOL well my vet is dropping by Monday to the ranch and we will see what he says but he told me on the phone he seriously doubts sway back! Said he sees it all the time growth spurts and posable a little bit of unbalance in the withers.
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Something is off about his back, it could be his winter coat, but it's hard to tell

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Does he usually stand with his hind feet way underneath him like he is in the photos?

I do see a possible roach back coupled with him being very but high at this point, but he is growing, so will likely change some.
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Does he usually stand with his hind feet way underneath him like he is in the photos?

I do see a possible roach back coupled with him being very but high at this point, but he is growing, so will likely change some.
I was thinking the same thing...
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If he is two... well... I don't even know what to say. Are you sure he's not a yearling? That is just WAY to bum high for a two year old unless he was stunted...

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If he is two... well... I don't even know what to say. Are you sure he's not a yearling? That is just WAY to bum high for a two year old unless he was stunted...
My Aires' half-sister was that bum high at two as this boy is. Still not entirely sure why, as she was the same size as Aires (15hh at 2...but Piper's butt was almost 16hh). She had some sort of injury that twisted her left front leg out at a 90 degree angle and my old BO claims that's why she grew all wonky, but I don't believe it. She's still not entirely level as a coming 4yo and her new owner has had a heck of a time with saddle fit (she's downhill AND mutton withered).
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He wasn't necessarily stunted if he's growing now. Some breeds, and specific 'families' of horses do seem to tend to wait a while before they get that real big growth spurt at the very end of their one year old, or even as late as the middle of their two year old year. Heck, my mini mare is still growing, and she's almost five! I thought she had stopped as a 19 month old but she stayed butt high until she turned 3, when she shot up another inch (a lot for a mini!). Her four year old year she's put on a 1/2 inch to make her 34.5 inches, and she was never stunted at any point in her life or given poor feed. She's just now coming 'into' herself IMO though, and gaining muscle/width!


I'd give this little boy at least two or three more seasons before even trying to start him, and even then maybe only for a short walk or trot to nail the basics, then throw him out to grow a little more. If at all possible, I'd even wait until late next spring or early summer to try starting him but I know that not all people agree with starting a horse as a three or four year old rather than a two year old. I don't think he'll end up too terrible, he's just growing like a weed right now! Keep us updated, I want to know how he turns out!

Anyways, I'm pretty sure if you tried to get on him now, you'd be liable to nosedive off of his face. Young ones can be pretty aweful rides at first when they're learning to balance a rider and themselves, and the fact that he looks like a slide right now wouldn't help at ALL!
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