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could-be-new-owner (Guest)
10-04-01, 11:50 AM
Hi, I am seeking info and help here. Does anyone have experience with a broken crest. What causes it? Any disadvantages in a horse having it. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks a lot.

Jomac
10-04-01, 11:58 AM
Dont know if it's the same thing, but there is such a thing as "broken neck" where there is an obvious bend in the horses neck, rather than a continuous arc. Usually only visible on one side, but there have been horses who have it on both sides.

If its the same as this, it's caused by the horse resisting when having his head tied or forced into position. It can be worked out but it takes a long time. The disadvantages are, that the horse seems to be working correctly due to the head position, but they don't come through at all - hocks are usually trailing out behind them.

If the horse is destined for a pleasure home, no dramas. However, if you want him for dressage you will have to do some work. Not sure about the show scene - maybe someone else can help here.

...new-owner (Guest)
10-04-01, 12:04 PM
This is a "floppy" thing, where you could almost put your arm underneath the crest. BTW it is in a shetland.

Blondie
11-04-01, 12:24 AM
It appears that what you refer to is the muscular make up that sometimes occurs in some horses- most commonly pony types- the muscles in the upper neck region below the mane are the Rhomboidious, Splenius, Trapezius. These muscles can be larger and more prominnent in some animals and the floppiness can result from lack of correct type of work that utilises skeletal and muscular development that keeps the muscles taut rather than floppy. It can also be floppy in animals who are in lighter or poorer than intended condition, or with aging animals.

Animals with overly large muscles in the upper neck are mostly seen in bigger or cobbish type pony breeds, such as Dartmoor, Welsh, Fjord, Shetland, Icelandic breeds. But even more common in the larger breeds such as Clydesdale, Percheron, Heavy Draught breeds.

It means that in some animals it is part of their conformation in relation to breed. Does this help you?
Cheers Blondie