Despite major whining and threats of calling the FBI for posting up pictures, it seem like our PSAs don’t practice what they preach. *shocking* Maybe they have read up on fair dealing as it pertains to copyright. It seems they have been trolling Craigslist quite a bit lately and decided to hold a little conformation clinic at their bat cave. They recently came across an ad for this little horse and decided to use him to make a point.
He is a long yearling and apparently a horse that the seller rescued. They have him listed between 11-12 hands and as a stud. I do not know the seller or anything about him/her. They are asking $250 for this horse. At first glance, what do you see aside from the tied together shanks wrapped around him? He’s in pretty nice body condition, dappled out and everything. He seems to be have some issues with his knees. Since he is standing 3/4 front to the camera, it is difficult to see exactly what is going on there although he seems very `back’ at the right knee and may have some swelling on the left. He is, however, standing very square and well under himself up front, so wouldn’t appear sore or favoring it. I would want to see him move. Here is where it get’s funny though. NT considers herself quite the little horse expert and immediately starts shredding this horse to pieces. They proceed to go on and on about how `blown’ this knee is and that this horse is now the poster child for why we need slaughter. Mendy, who was the original poster of this pic, along with a link to the add so that people can contact the owner, had this to say;” Isn’t that awful? Prime example of why slaughter is needed. 18 mos old hardly handled stud with no papers and blown out knee” She also made some mention of this horse’s size and that he was too small under her NT name. Duh, he’s not even 2yrs old yet, Captain Obvious. One of the PSA’s actually made an educated guess that the colt may have Epiphysitis. That may be so with this colt, but it’s not the death sentence they would have you believe. He would need to have a set of x-rays taken, his feed adjusted (cut way back on protein) and his turn out limited. Young horses do recover from this and go on to have useful lives if it is treated and managed as soon as possible. However, I’m not even sure this horse has that. Take a look at this next picture with my mad paint skillz….
I pretty much stayed within the lines with my coloring here. The point is, that when the legs are the same color, all of a sudden, that knee doesn’t look quite so bad. It’s one of the reasons I have never really cared for horses with a lot of high chrome upfront as it can sometimes be an optical illusion. Does this horse have perfect conformation? No, he sure doesn’t, but he also doesn’t have the worst I’ve ever seen either. Without a proper series of conformation shots and seeing him walk, it is nearly impossible to tell how he’s really put together. He is clearly well fed and cared for and he’s pretty cute. He needs to be gelded and given a chance. He most certainly doesn’t have the worst knee ever and need to be slaughtered immediately. In closing, I would like to say that those that live in glass houses, should not cast stones. Especially when your Craigslist glass house looks like this: