When looking for a draft/TB cross, is it more desirable for the dam to be the heavy or light horse? I ask because I had a beautiful Shire/TB mare for 10 years. Unfortunately, she had bad hind end problems which caused pain and affected her gait, especially at the canter. She was 16.2 and 1500 lbs. Very well bred. Her dam was a small TB. I spent $5000 to have her problem diagnosed and had about every test imaginable done. No one could diagnose or treat it satisfactorily. I tired corrective shoeing, low fat diet, accupuncture, massage etc. I finally retired her at 13 years. I have been told that leg problems, such as OCDs, hock and stifle problems etc. are fairly common in draft crosses because as youngsters their leg development can not support the development of their body weight, especially in the haunches. I am interested in getting another draft cross. They are a perfect horse for me. If the dam is the heavy horse does the foal tend to have larger/stronger legs to carry their weight? I understand in Europe the dams are mostly heavy horses, while in the U.S. it is reversed and the dams are mostly light horses. Comments and insight will be greatly appreciated.