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How bad are his knees? 3rd level dressage prospect?

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    10-08-2013, 08:11 PM
This horse has a nice head and color, but there's nothing else about him to recommend him for dressage or jumping--too many faults there, which you have pointed out. Over at the knees, ewe-necked, croup high, straight hind legs, and long cannon bones plus being 8 yrs o is not a promising combo for a sound and happy Training Level horse, much less 2-3 L. You can find something better.
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    10-11-2013, 01:33 PM

I didn't even think about the dipping in his back, I thought he just had extremely high withers. I could probably turn him around but he's already almost 9 and he does appear to tie in behind the knee too. Apparently he jumps but I'm going to pass on him. Too risky.
    10-12-2013, 12:34 AM
Keep looking, if you genuinely want to go to 3rd level he will make it very hard for you.
As someone said, you don't need a warmblood for Dressage - yes they are helpful, if you want to be serious about the sport, but there are certainly some very nice TB's around. I had the most beautiful TB a few years ago, 7 year old straight ottb. He had stunning paces, actually swung his back, beautifully uphill, SUPER hocks and excellent knee action. He would have piaffed until the cows came home.
Unfortunately I had to have him euthanised due to injuries, but that is another story.
I am a Hanoverian girl through and through, but could not go past Hugo when I saw him for sale. I hope my rising 3 yr old Hano can match him.
Keep looking and definitely don't rule out the TB's.
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