a question about over at the knee - someone told me that many TB's are bred to be over at the knee on purpose because apparently it actually makes them LESS prone to injury?
Yes and no, it is better to have a horse over at the knee then behind. But their "stay apparatus" doesnt work properly as they can't lock their front end. Their legs are often weaker and are more prone to tripping and falling. But they often carry themselves better as they have to use the hindend more to balance themselves. Posted via Mobile Device
I, personally, would not buy this horse. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't. I'm very picky about conformation, looks, attitude, athleticism and pedigrees. If a horse is lacking in any of those departments I won't touch 'em. That leave a whole lot of really nice, talented horses for everyone else! So I say, if you like him, buy him and enjoy him!
to me, a safe, honest, sound horse is my first priority.
I have learned over the years that looks aren't good for much, unless your showing in specific, appearance focused disciplines.
You can't ride the papers, and bloodlines don't always breed true.
He's not the most gorgeous horse, but if he's sound, sane, safe, and capable of doing what you want, go for it.
EXACTLY!! For example, these two horses:
First horse is Einstein, the second one is Trinity. Neither one of these horses is a conformation superstar by ANY MEANS. Check out Einstein's pasterns. It's hard to see with trinity, but she's very downhill. They each have their flaws. Yet BOTH of these horses are everyones favorite draws at IHSA shows.
If you draw Einstein you're guarenteed to win your flat class, because he's comfortable, easy, and makes you look good (He's wearing that sash because he won Best Flat Horse Draw at Zone finals.)
Trinity isn't the most comfortable for flat, but she's a dream for jumping! SO easy to see a distance on, auto changes, can make all the strides, and jumps up to 3' without a problem.
So while conformation IS important, don't get me wrong... attitude, soundness, temperment, and ability are ALSO important!