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  • Offset knees in racehorses
  • How far do offset knees affect a racehorse

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    01-01-2012, 12:12 AM
Exclamation Knees

Hey asking for a friend, but what could the extra weight of a heavy rider hurt a horses knees?? If they are using bad posture and sitting to far forward??
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    01-01-2012, 02:07 AM
Green Broke
As long as the rider is within the 20-30% range that most people recommend and isn't doing heavy work, I wouldn't think it would be a problem.

Of course, if the horse has conformational defects (over at the knees, bench knees, etc.) then it could exacerbate or hasten the problems the horse would eventually have even without a heavier rider.
    01-01-2012, 12:57 PM
Okay well the info on the horse I got was that he has no confromational problem in his life, he's an appaloosa about 14.3 and had a ride that was 180 pounds, the horse is around his 20's. Could this be anything???
    01-01-2012, 01:10 PM
Based on the info given, the answer is It Depends.

You don't give enough information for anyone to give you an adequate evaluation. Conformation problems are structural problems, having to do with the way the horse is built/put together. Saying "no confromational problem in his life" doesn't really tell us anything. Every horse has conformational strengths and weaknesses; certain ones like verona mentioned, and others like long, weak pasterns or a long back will affect a horse's ability to carry weight.

There's also a big difference between a 180 pound skilled, balanced rider and a 180 awkward beginner. Also, a horse that can comfortably pack a heavy rider light trail riding might struggle doing speed events or jumping.

What I will say is that a 14.3 horse and 180 pound rider doesn't send up any red flags or alarm bells just on those facts alone. Now, if you told me the 14.3 horse has navicular symptoms or has been lame previously, the rider is a beginner trying to learn to run barrels or jump, wow, now I'm concerned.
    01-01-2012, 03:07 PM
The girl was 180 pounds and a beginner. Like I said he's not my horse, I don't have many pics of him. The horse in his younger years was a barrel racer, I don't know to much about him, he's not mine. I didnt want to start problems, my friend just wants to figure out why her horse went lame. I can try to find a pic of him!!

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