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post #11 of 17 Old 11-12-2013, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Okay y'all, the confo pics are in!

How do his knees look?
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post #12 of 17 Old 11-12-2013, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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For bigger versions of the pics go to Reining Wonder, registered 8 year old TB gelding
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post #13 of 17 Old 11-12-2013, 09:03 PM
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He's cute. His knees look great (better than a lot I've seen). His hocks are set a bit high. He is VERY downhill. Being downhill will not a good jumper make. It's harder/more work for them to get that front end off the ground and over the jump. Think about holding a board from one end and the other end is lower than your hands. How much harder is it to get that other end up above the level of your hands? Now, picture a board held the same way, but level or with the opposite end slightly higher than your hands. MUCH easier to get it higher, right? Same concept applies to a horse.
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post #14 of 17 Old 11-12-2013, 10:33 PM
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Even those pictures are not a perfect side angle of the knee, I'd ask the owner for some taken at a better angle, perpendicular to the side of his knees if that makes sense as the new shots could still be hiding something.
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post #15 of 17 Old 11-13-2013, 09:54 AM
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His knees are not your main concern with this horse... his downhill conformation and straight hocks with a rough coupling should be your main concerns. He is also hammer headed and has not the best shoulder. He isn't going to be the easiest ride.

His knees are fine.

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post #16 of 17 Old 11-13-2013, 01:35 PM
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Originally Posted by thoroughbredtail View Post
Since he's a TB, shouldn't he be a good jumper?
Not necessarily! Some TB are good jumpers, some are not. Some are built for it and some are most certainly not. Some really enjoy jumping, and some do not (just like any breed). This guy might be fine for just funning around on the farm or hopping over a log on the trail, but he is not built right for higher level jumping.

I think for your intended use, as a for fun horse without any competition goals, he will be ok if his temperament is what you are looking for, but as others have pointed out he does have some noticeable conformation faults that may limit his abilities over fences and in general.
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post #17 of 17 Old 11-14-2013, 08:02 PM
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I think he looks like he's in beautiful condition and has been cared for amazingly well which certainly counts for something. Looks like he has good training under his belt to boot. I love his muscle and his size for a TB. That said he does not strike me as a jumper type probably for all the reasons noted above.
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