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post #1 of 5 Old 06-12-2013, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Potentail Horse Purchase


I am looking at horses for sale and I found this guy. He is 5 years old. OTTB, last raced in Oct of 2012. I am looking for a lower level eventer and a hunter/jumper mount. What do you guys think of his confirmation?

Sorry I couldn't get better pictures. I am taking him on a week trial and I should be able to get better pictures during that time.

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-12-2013, 03:56 PM
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His front legs are...strange. I'm really not even sure exactly whats wrong with them, looks like a combination of things. That left leg is the most alarming, because it rotates at the knee. Underrun heels, light boned...not something I would buy. If you're wanting to do more than light trails with him I wouldn't take him. What is that thing around his neck?

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post #3 of 5 Old 06-13-2013, 09:59 AM
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So glad you said that Endiku. Looking at the picture, I was all set to say "Over at the knee." Then I thought maybe not. Maybe weak-kneed, but maybe not. Odd. Maybe hurtin somewhere? I've seen horses stand a bit wobbly like that, after a long trailer ride. Difficult to tell much when he's not standing on solid ground, but I love his kind face, eye and look. Looks like he just came from an auction.

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post #4 of 5 Old 06-13-2013, 01:36 PM
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I think this horse has an osselet on his right front fetlock joint. This will preclude him from eventing or jumping. Get a vet to look at him.

Both front fetlock joints seem upright and strained. both front legs appear to have multiple rotations going on. The front pasterns are very upright and this is coupled with him being over at the knee.

He is bowlegged behind and very straight through the hock. He is ewe necked.

Get better photos.. on even solid ground and set up correctly. Get someone to help you. Have him clean and square him up.. take photos opposite his hip. for the front and rear photos hold the camera so the film plane is parallel to his legs and opposite his knees/hocks (but be sure to get chest and feet in the photo). Get him standing with his feet even (not one ahead of the other).

Better photos may yield an improved critique.

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post #5 of 5 Old 06-13-2013, 02:26 PM
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knees look swollen.
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