Horse over at the knees. Sound?

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    10-11-2011, 12:51 AM
Horse over at the knees. Sound?

Ok so my friend is wanting a cute little paint gelding as a buddy for her mustang/qh and for an extra horse to ride on trails. But he's really over at the knees. I've never had a horse that was over at the knees. So my question is would he be sound for some riding? Not a lot just for her to ride on some trails? I know the farrier can do some corrective trimming to help him out, and I heard they can do some surgery to correct it? But honestly I have no idea what to say to her so I figured I'd come here and ask :) He seems sound, no pain, or anything just looks funny.
Here are some pics of his legs

I don't know why he is standing like that in the last pic. I think it was her way of getting him to square up. He didn't do that when we saw him no did he seem to be in any pain
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    10-11-2011, 01:45 AM
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I would not consider buying that horse without a thorough vet check. His front leg looks odd, in the pastern hoof, also.
    10-11-2011, 09:17 AM
Green Broke
I agree with tinyliny about this horse.

But, as far as horses being over at the knee....this is what I was always told. Over at the knee is better than behind at the knee. Many TB racehorse are in fact over at the knee. I was told they breed them purposelessly like this due to the have a better break over, and it helps them really get up and go. My horse is over at the knee, and Im sure many horses are over at the knee, and they can be perfectly sound, granted that's their only conformational issue.

Also, as far as being sound...there was a horse at my school, he was over at the knee, sickle hocked, toed in, his cannons were far too short, horrid angles, just the ugliest conformed horse that I have ever seen. Someone bought him for a trail horse, not only does he love it, but he is 100% sound for trail riding....

Not sure if that helps or not, maybe someone with some more insight can help you out on the topic!
    10-11-2011, 10:51 AM
Green Broke
Sad to say but conformationally that horse is a mess-head to tail. I'd pass.
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    10-11-2011, 10:55 AM
One of my geldings is over at the knee - but not that pronounced.
    10-11-2011, 12:02 PM
Well the main reason she wants him is because the owner in taking him to auction if he's not gone asap. I don't think she cares much about riding just a buddy for her horse. She just wants to save this guy because he is so young.
    10-11-2011, 12:47 PM
Thats an odd lookin' horse. Personally I wouldn't go near it cause it has tiny skinny legs, small feet and a skinny neck and its body just looks strange.I wouldn't consider it personally.
    10-11-2011, 01:42 PM
As a buddy, and with only the lightest of light work, and with full knowledge that he may have tendon problems that may lead to a shortened life span in the future, and as a cheap or free rescue....he might be worth considering. But no more.
    10-11-2011, 01:42 PM
Green Broke
He definitely doesn't have the best conformation in the world- over at the knees, upright pasterns, downhill build- but if your friend is looking for a pasture buddy and some light trail riding, I'd suspect he'd serve perfectly well for that. Of course, definitely get a vet check so there are no surprises (as with any horse).

ETA- I was just talking with the trimmer at my barn last night while he was trimming an over-at-the-knees horse, and he mentioned that he gives him a little more of a toe roll than others to help with the breakover, but that the horse doesn't have any issues with soundness.
    10-11-2011, 03:20 PM
Thanks everyone for the suggestions and comments. He's free this week only or he goes to auction this weekend so she's set on taking him so he doesnt go to slaughter. He's a sweet guy so as long as they get along hell have a forever home :)

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