|6 year old Fox Trotter / Walker cross with
60 days professional training ridden in Curb & broken snaffle
w/med curved shank and Big Horn cordura saddle in arena by intermediate
Question: This is not particularly a training problem. This horse is
a 16 hand gelding. He has an unusually thick neck. Lots of crest. Just
got him back from 3 weeks at a trainers and hoped some of it would be gone.
It is not hard, but just excessively thick and moves when he moves.
Thanks for your help!!
From Panelist Erica
I would first have a different vet out to check him. He may be hypo-thyroid, and I would recommend possibly having some blood pulled and him tested for that. If he has excess weight on other places of his body, cut back his feed a little and give him some more exercise. The neck's crest should not sway back and forth when he moves, which in your description would lead me to think thyroid. But in any case, get a different vet out to look at him - and be sure it is a vet that specializes in EQUINE medicine. Good luck!
From Panelist Carol
I wouldn't be particularly worried
about your horse's thick crest if he is not otherwise obese. If he is obese
and can't lose weight, ask your vet to check his thyroid activity.
If you are wanting to show him and concerned about appearance, some benefit
may be gained from sweating the neck, but I do not have any experience
Carol Camp Tosh
From Panelist Liz
Hi, It may be worth having this horse tested for a inactive thyroid.
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