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APHA MOMMA 10-18-2009 05:25 PM

Flexibility in horse pasterns??
I am not sure this was the place to post this but I have a really weird question and I hope it doesn't sound too stupid. Anyways, with previous horses, I was the one always riding so of course not many pictures, well since I have had Scout and since he is my ABSOLUTE baby, I take about 300+ pictures of him in a month, lol. When I put them on my computer I have noticed that he has EXTREME flexibility in his pasterns. Is that normal??? Is there such a thing as being too flexible in them?? Could he just have long pasterns? At 2 1/2 yrs old he stands 15.1 hh. If you would like to see some pictures I have tons. Also if you have any pictures of your horses with extremely flexibility in their pasterns when trotting or loping, please do share. Thanks.

ridergirl23 10-18-2009 05:38 PM

i guess a horse could probably be to flexible in the pasturns.... but mabye they are not strong enough? im not sure, but i looked at afew pics of him and it doesnt look like they are to sloped. (hes cute by the way!!) but if u look at pictures of other hroses pasturns in the canter and trot or when they are exteremly collected or jumping, the pasturns almost touch the ground, and sometiems they do. but i dont know if its a problem or if its supposed to happen :)

APHA MOMMA 10-18-2009 05:55 PM

Thank you ridergirl23. He is my baby, I love him. I am not using him really for anything except for just trail riding later in life, he is too pokey to do any events, lol. He just a really mellow boy.

Well I have noticed his pasterns have always naturally done this since he was a yearling, but here are a few pictures of him from a couple of weeks ago. He is ridden very lightly since he is only 2 1/2 only once or twice a week for 10-15 minutes. At the moment though we are letting him sit thru winter till he is 3 and we will continue his training, so please no harrassment from those who don't agree on training 2 yr olds. I am only posting to see other ppl with horses that have EXTREME flexibility in their pasterns.

This is a trainer on him. But look at his left hind pastern, wow, it just looks wrong, lol.

This is his left front.

Here you can see his pasterns at a stand still, do they look normal?

Lol, I guess I was asking just because it does look really awkward when you catch it in a picture. I was actually just now browsing yahoo at trotting or loping horses under images and I do see alot of cart racing horses whose pasterns are way way flexible, so I don't know, hmm....

**Also, the trainer in the top picture, well I know longer use her, I truly did not like how she handled Scout and he seemed to tell me he didn't like her, haha. Even for 10-15 minute sessions, she just seemed "rude" with him, Scout is a very willing and quick learner therefore he doesn't need someone who wants to be rough with his mouth, etc.**

AlmagroN 10-18-2009 07:38 PM

looking at him still, he has EXTREMELY long pasterns. thats a sign of speed :wink: *so people believe.

APHA MOMMA 10-18-2009 07:52 PM

You know, even though he ACTS pokey, I have seen him by himself in the pasture and WOW, lol, I wouldn't know he has the speed he does if I haven't seen it because he is sooooo soooo mellow!! He also has really LONG strides and has an extremely fast paced trot.

So is it a fault to have long pasterns? Or can it be a good thing? What do you thing he would be good at? When I see ppl critique horse's on here they will mention that the horse has long pasterns, so I always figured that as a bad thing

To be honest, lol, he looks like an english horse under a western saddle, hahaha.

Another standing picture

ridergirl23 10-18-2009 07:57 PM

i think its fine, maybe since hes so young they just havent built up as much strantgh as a full grown horse. but even if they stay hat way his whole life i think he will be fine, ive heard long pasterns mean that the horse has smooth gaits, ive heard alot of good things about flexible pasterns, so i think its fine, haha i lovehis mane!!!!

APHA MOMMA 10-18-2009 08:03 PM

Thank you so much and YES, he is extremely smooth, you don't even feel his trot. Haha, thanks, I roached his mane at the beginning of this year because he some how had it sooooo tangled at the top, it started to cause blisters on him because it was tangled soooo tight. So instead of only cutting the 4 inch section in the middle of his neck where it was, I just decided it would look better if I do away with it all, right now it is just growing back and is in an awkward stage. :D I love it though, it sort of goes with him for some reason.

Thanks y'all for your responses. :D

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