Is this colt growing properly?
I am interested in 'rescueing' a colt (he doesn't have horrible treatment, but he has a headstrong ignoramus as an owner, who has already done some damage to his training). I just have a few questions about his general health.
He is currently (exactly) 8 months old. His father is about 15-16hh, and his mother is 14.1hh. He was separated from his mother at 2 months old, and has only been eating hay since (mid-quality grass/alfalfa). He is kept in his large pen, which is about 60x30ft with a 30x10 run in shelter. Most of his exercise is in those confines. His owner occasionally lunges him hard for about an hour at a time, but there could be two weeks in between when that happens.
For his age, exercise, and nutrition, does he appear to be developing correctly? I know the pictures aren't the best, and I am not able to remove his blanket. Underneath his blanket, he appears to be ideal weight though. His hindquarters seem thicker than his shoulders (compared to every other horse I've dealt with, where the two areas are about even).
Also, what do you think about his front knees? His father has beautiful conformation, but his mother's knees are dramatically knock-kneed. Every foal I know has awkward legs, so it's hard for me to tell if he inherited his mother's knees or not.
The first picture is of his mother when she was pregnant:
These pictures are of the colt at two days old:
This picture and video are both of him in the past week, at 8 months old:
Its really hard to tell from the video and the pictures...However hes reallly over the knee.
Do you have more pics of him now?
Bump please. I'm going down to the stables in a few minutes, and want to know what pictures I should get. Sorry if I sound impatient.
Try to get him to stand square on level ground. Honestly, the foal pictures do not look like any foal id ever want to own. Hopefully hes developed better, but foals are very hard to critique. His dam looks like shes got some clubbed feet going on.
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From what I can tell he looks much younger than 8 months, But hard to tell with the fuzz and blanket. Also lunging a young horse for an hour is VERY bad for them. His legs look kind of wonky at two days old, but a recent photo of him standing on level ground from the side, front, and back would help for a better evaluation of his development.
Didn't you just start a thread about a week ago about wanting to adopt this foal? If I remember, there was a lot of neglect going on and you asked us if you should adopt him - I, as well as many others responded, gave advice, and the thread just strung along..... Now a new one? How serious are you in really adopting him, and when? Not trying to sound critical, but kind've surprised to see another thread when so many had responded previously, and the descriptions you gave of someone hitting him in the face, etc... now just a simple, "Is he growing properly"? My replies were from the heart as were the others', and I felt so bad for him when reading your abuse/neglect descriptions, and still do! What's going on?
*I think it was, "Adopting a foal" and the 3rd paragraph brought tears to my eyes
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