Join Date: Jul 2008
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Of course, the severity of any fault will greatly influence the possible impact it will have on the horse's soundness. Many faults (over at the knee, toed out, toed in, cow hocked, etc) are acceptable if they are mild. Of course, they are nowhere close to ideal, but a horse with a mild form of any of those can have a perfectly functional and productive life with no lameness issues. Being back at the knee, having upright pasterns, or very posty legs are faults that run a high risk of causing lameness at some point.
I guess, long story short, like Csim said, being over at the knee is a heck of a lot better than being back at the knee. I wouldn't turn down a horse that was over at the knee, providing that it wasn't too severe.
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