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IslandWave 04-16-2010 04:15 PM

Has his condition improved?
 
Here are some photos of Red, a horse that I exercise for his owners. I don't ride him as often as I like. I'm usually only able to ride him 1-2 times per week. The top photo is from December 2009 (please excuse the flies, it was before I groomed him) and the bottom photo is from April 2010. Before I began riding Red, he was basically just a pasture puff occasionally brought out for pony rides.
I'd like to know if his condition seems improved as well as any conformational faults that stand out. :wink: He is an unregistered QH gelding that is in his early twenties.

Left side
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...fo/reddec1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...fo/redapr1.jpg

Right side
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...fo/reddec2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...fo/redapr2.jpg

Front view
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...fo/redapr3.jpg

Back view
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...fo/redapr4.jpg

horseluver250 04-16-2010 08:09 PM

Hes definately put on some muscle, especially in his chest. He looks good for a 20 something year old. He looks a tiny bit over at the knee and a bit sickle hocked. Does he always stand so wide in the back or was he just standing funky in that last pic?

Juna 04-16-2010 09:08 PM

His condition looks better! Nice looking guy. He looks sickle hocked (stands out behind).

IslandWave 04-16-2010 11:24 PM

Thanks! How does being over at the knee and having sickle hocks affect his movement?

He was standing funky. I kept moving him over to try and get him to stand squarely, but this was the best I could do. =P

Juna 04-17-2010 12:33 AM

I wouldn't think that it would effect his movement very much. I have a few sickle hocked horses and I don't notice it affecting the way he moves (besides of course, that they run/walk standing out behind). But, I'm not an expert on riding horses with sickle hocks/over at the knees. Maybe someone else can chime in.

IslandWave 04-19-2010 08:46 PM

^ Thank you. :)

Anyone else have some input? It'd be appreciated!

Amlalriiee 04-19-2010 08:51 PM

Not sure about sickle-hocks and motion, but I definitely see the added muscle!!


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