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DraftyAiresMum 02-05-2012 09:22 PM

Just for kicks
 
Okay, so I know this pics aren't absolutely stellar for conformation, but they were what I could get since the beastly was being needy today. And I know the woolies don't help. BUT, could you guys give me an idea of what you think of Aires so far? He'll be 3-years-old on May 7th. And yes, I know he's butt-high (by about 2"), but he's still growing. And yes, I know he needs his feet done. His back feet aren't too horrible. His front feet are a little long, but nothing horrible, either.

Left:
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...DSCF0453-1.jpg
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...DSCF0452-1.jpg
Right (bugger moved when I walked around to the other side :evil:):
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...DSCF0455-1.jpg
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...DSCF0454-1.jpg
Back (he kept trying to move away like "Mom, why are you looking up THERE?! :shock:"):
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...DSCF0456-1.jpg
Front (he doesn't toe out that much when he's standing square, I promise...in fact, I don't think he actually toes out at all, it was just the way he was standing):
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...DSCF0457-1.jpg
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...DSCF0458-1.jpg

And just 'cuz he's purdy!
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...DSCF0450-1.jpg

Piaffe 02-05-2012 09:43 PM

He toes out on front and hind as far as I can see. There is something wonky about his front legs,but I can't quite put my finger on it and I'm not an expert so I could be seeing things. He has cute markings and I'm sure he will be a looker once he grows into himself :)

DraftyAiresMum 02-05-2012 09:53 PM

I think that's just the pic, if you're looking at the picture from the front. He absolutely refused to stand square. *rolls eyes* He does have BIG fetlocks, which throws things way out of proportion. As far as toeing out in the back, as long as it doesn't make him cow-hocked (which he's not, regardless of what the rear pic makes it look like lol), I'm not concerned because if you look at the way a horse's leg is built, they're *supposed* to toe out a little in the back and if they don't. it's cause for concern. :-)

doubleopi 02-05-2012 09:55 PM

He is purdy! And I think he'll be a big boy when he's done growing!

missnashvilletime 02-05-2012 10:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum (Post 1343674)
I think that's just the pic, if you're looking at the picture from the front. He absolutely refused to stand square. *rolls eyes* He does have BIG fetlocks, which throws things way out of proportion. As far as toeing out in the back, as long as it doesn't make him cow-hocked (which he's not, regardless of what the rear pic makes it look like lol), I'm not concerned because if you look at the way a horse's leg is built, they're *supposed* to toe out a little in the back and if they don't. it's cause for concern. :-)

Agreed if a horse doesn't toe out a bit in the back and their back feet point straight forward; then they are usually bowlegged.
:-) this link is a good picture of hind leg conformation
http://www.triplecrown.com.au/getfil...rear-toba.aspx

DraftyAiresMum 02-05-2012 10:01 PM

@Piaffe: I didn't mean to come off argumentative (if I did). Was just simply trying to give a better idea of why the pics make him look weird. lol

@doubleopi: Thanks! He's measuring out at about 16hh at the withers and 16.2hh at the butt right now.

loveduffy 02-05-2012 10:03 PM

I like the color

DraftyAiresMum 02-05-2012 10:07 PM

Thanks, loveduffy! He looks even better in his sleek summer coat. ;-)
http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/...4/DSCF0810.jpg

Skyseternalangel 02-05-2012 10:14 PM

His face underneath all those winter woolies... lovely!

I don't see anything alarming or anything that causes concern except I'm sure after a trim, he'll stand a little bit straighter :)

Err is his rope halter tied correctly? It looks like the wrong knot but I'm not sure

DraftyAiresMum 02-05-2012 10:20 PM

Yes, his halter is tied wrong. I usually get it tied correctly, but I was trying to keep Rex away from the gate while getting Aires' halter on, so I wasn't paying as close attention as I should have been. He doesn't sit back or anything and the knot was good and tight, so I wasn't too concerned about it since all we were doing is brushing down before putting him away (since he rolled while he was all sweaty).

As for his feet...I'm not going to say how long it's been since he had a trim because 1) most people won't believe me and 2) I might get in trouble. lol The farrier even commented on how insanely long he can go before he needs a trim.


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