I would have it checked out. IMO the bowed tendon is very very obvious in both those photos. If I can see it in the photos, then it should be very obvious in person. This does not mean he will not trot out sound if the bow is old and cold. It means that tendon is compromised by scar tissue and the sheath has ruptured. That compromises the elasticity of the tendon.. and jumping stretches the tendon a lot when the horse lands. Once a tendon has ruptured it is prone to a repeat injury and it is no picnic to come back from a bowed tendon.. and a bow on top of a bow can lead to more bows and permanent lameness. Just letting you know what this can lead to.
Did you have a vet to a pre purchase exam? Even a low level pre purchase exam would have caught a bow.
He might do OK in lower level dressage.. but those posty hind legs and weak coupling will make it difficult for him to curl his back and get his hind legs under him for the higher levels.. tho the low hocks will help in that department.
Out of curiosity, what sort of money exchanged hands for this horse straight off the track?
There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. ~Winston Churchill
) Dinosaur Horse Trainer
Last edited by Elana; 02-12-2012 at 08:33 AM.