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post #1 of 17 Old 11-17-2019, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Mutton Withers or Not?

I am looking to adopt this 3-year-old quarter horse gelding to raise and train so that hopefully in the future I can do showing like ranching and gymkhana (specifically barrel racing). I was going through websites and trying to learn more about correct conformation. Then I read about mutton withers (almost nonexistent withers) and how they might affect a horse's athleticism. I will try to attach a picture (if not his website link that has a lot of pictures of him). Can anybody tell me if he does indeed have mutton withers, and if so will it affect how he runs and moves?
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https://www.allaboutequine.org/uploa...160-n_orig.jpg
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post #2 of 17 Old 11-17-2019, 03:38 PM
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He looks mutton withered in that pic but Iíve seen worse. More importantly, for me though, are his feet if you are concerned about movement (as well as long term soundness). The right hind looks clubfooted and the front ones look contracted and a bit long in the toe. The fronts are fixable, the back not so much. Otherwise, heís a neat looking horse and Iíd probably buy him but Iíd be using him for trails Ďcause thatís what I like.
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post #3 of 17 Old 11-17-2019, 04:02 PM
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That hind right would have me more concerned. But horses do learn to live with adversity and it may not make him any worse for wear. I'd look at his age, workload, and soundness history to determine how it will be for him throughout the rest of his life.

He has a big wither, but the way it's set into his neck and shoulder make it more mutton looking. The challenge can be finding a good saddle set up! He doesn't have much wither where the saddle goes, and that's the important part!
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post #4 of 17 Old 11-17-2019, 04:37 PM
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Try to post his website link with all the pictures.

Agree those hooves need more detailed examination for what you want him for.

Another vote the right hind may be slightly clubbed or it could be the camera (more pictures needed).

They are fixable for a great trail horse, maybe not for gymkhana.

He's only three so his body is not done changing. Saddle fit can be difficult and what you find to fit him now, won't fit in three more years:)
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I think, as said before, how his neck, shoulder and wither come together makes him look more mutton withered than he is. And his back is going to change and develop as he gets ridden and ages. He looks pretty soft in the picture.
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post #6 of 17 Old 11-17-2019, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah he is only three years old so he is still young. I have seen videos of him trotting around and playing with other yearlings. I have always been able to spot lameness or incorrect strides and saw nothing wrong in the videos.. If he does have above mentioned conformation flaws, will I be unable to ride him in Gymkhana events? Thank you so much for the help!
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post #7 of 17 Old 11-17-2019, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah he is only three years old so he is still young. I have seen videos of him trotting around and playing with other yearlings. I have always been able to spot lameness or incorrect strides and saw nothing wrong in the videos. If he does have above mentioned conformation flaws, will I be unable to ride him in Gymkhana events? Thank you so much for the help!
Here is the link to his add:
https://www.allaboutequine.org/jasper.html
I am going out to look at him in the morning.
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post #8 of 17 Old 11-17-2019, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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oops did not mean to post an identical post twice. (;
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post #9 of 17 Old 11-17-2019, 09:54 PM
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Other than the hind that looks clubbed, I think that he looks like a pretty decent horse.
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post #10 of 17 Old 11-18-2019, 03:54 AM
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Agree - I think he's not really mutton withered. Looks like he has a great back! That hind foot is really upright, however - I'd ask about that. Like everyone has stated, looks clubbed.
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