Not Really a Critique, a Conformation Question

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Not Really a Critique, a Conformation Question

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    02-13-2012, 07:45 PM
Not Really a Critique, a Conformation Question

My TB is a tad over at the knees and I was wondering if that would affect his jumping. He is built uphill and naturally travels uphill and has jumped 4' great but I was wondering if it would affect him in the long run. Conformation wise he is pretty good, with the only faults being his high withers and being over at the knee.
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    02-13-2012, 07:59 PM
It is far better to be a tad over at the knees than back at the knee, when it comes to jumping. At least, this is what I have read.
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    02-14-2012, 10:08 AM
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Unless he "buckles" on landing, don't sweat it.
Back at the knee or tied in at the knee is much worse. I knew a fine field hunter back in the day that was over at the knee and he went for years. He had an upright fetlock joint that gave him trouble in the end.
    02-14-2012, 12:24 PM
Back at the knee is much worse, I consider that a major conformation flaw and would never buy a horse like that. However, like Elana said, as long as he doesn't become unsound on them, he should be ok. Stand with your kness bent slightly and then try to stand with your knees flexed behind you. Which makes you feel less stable? :)
    02-14-2012, 12:43 PM
His knees aren't really that bad over, you can't even tell on certain ground. And I've heard of horses that are over at the knee and can't lock them when standing but he can. And he doesn't buckle when he lands, thanks for the input :) I just wanted to make sure I wasn't going to do any damage by jumping him.
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    02-14-2012, 05:17 PM
Many racehorse breeders actually prefer a horse that is over at the knee. It supposedly gives more strength to the leg. It shouldn't effect him much if at all.

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