Trying to decide if I should go see this horse. He's only 3, ottb, 4starts. The nice looking one that I posted before turned out to have superficial flexor tendon damage so I opted out of the pre-purchase. I know he's no upper level horse but is his right front pastern injured or could he just be leaning on it that way? Will his pasterns look better once my farrier corrects the hoof angles? He looks long enough to have a decent trot but his front legs look set too far back on his body for him to be a nice mover. I liked his hind end the best and his hocks look strong. I know he has an ehw neck from race training.
Better hoof angles might help his pastern angles, but it WON'T change that his pasterns...and whole legs for that matter, are extremely fine boned and long. They're even longer/thinner than my own filly's, and I don't call her the noodle horse for nothing!!! ;) He has a decent shoulder but a longish back and steep croup, so I wouldn't look at him as a competition horse.
The only thing that I see going for him is a decent shoulder. He's super fine boned, and will probably stay that way once he reaches maturity. Everything about him says too long, thin, and breakable for me. Even for a TB.
I tend to like every horse I see even though I'm an upper level rider. I hope someone takes him. I was worried he will end up in a kill pen but he was for sale at $1800 so I think if I said I'd take him for free or for $200 the trainer would say forget it. The horse is headed for FL on Saturday from Suffolk Downs. There's an ad for him on the canter website which places race horses in new homes.
You can draw a straight line from the point of his butt to his hock to his fetlock. His hock joints are big and he has short cannon bones. His back legs are definitely not straight. He almost looks sickle hocked because of the way he's standing. His croup comes to a point above the hip but the slope of it is a decent angle. He just has no topline yet. The gaskin is in proportion to the haunch although it would be nice if the gaskin was a little bigger. He is only 3. His faults are his ehw neck, thick throatlatch, long pastern, skinny forelegs and the way his chest sticks out in front of his arm and forms a corner which looks like it would block his shoulder from coming forward. I think that is more under muscle on his chest from racing. The angle of his hooves doesn't help either.
I wouldn't consider his cannons to be short. The fronts aren't horribly long, but the backs are definitely longer than ideal. I actually don't see a problem with his chest, but his back is very weak. The ewe and 'greyhound' appearance that he has will fade away with time off of the track. I actually agree that he does seem a bit straight behind, although it could be the way he is standing. That would not affect the 'straight line' from butt to hock to fetlock, it has to do with the lack of angle from one part to another.