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    04-05-2012, 10:45 AM
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I would have the horse 'Vetted' or at least do flexion tests on it front and hind legs. If it is an older horse (which it appears it could be), I would never buy it without flexion tests and using hoof testers on its feet. If a handler flexes each knee, each fetlock and each hind leg very tightly for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes and then immediately has someone trot the horse out, most problems will show up. If this horse's knees bother it at all, it would most likely show up with flexion tests.
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    04-05-2012, 11:20 AM
Green Broke
I Hate flextion tests! Absolutly useless test. Every horse I have ever owned has failed a flexion test and yet gone on to do never have a day lame in its life.
Harvey my 32 yr old pony failed a flexion test aged 13, even today he has absolutly no signs of artheritis or problems with any of his joints

If you are worried about legs, get xrays they are farr more reliable!
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    04-05-2012, 11:31 AM
Wow, if she isn't a rescue case she should be. She has no belly at all. She needs a upgraded home for sure.
    04-05-2012, 11:34 AM
Green Broke
I have a wonderful little mare who is mildly over at the knee. Has never caused her any issues to date.

I would agree that the mare in those photos has more pressing issues than her knees.
    04-05-2012, 11:45 AM
I've owned a great horse that was slightly over on the knee.......she was ridden 9 times a week, jumping 3 days a week...never lame a day in her life.

I also own a horse that has slightly benched knees.....again no problems with soundness.

The key is to what degree....

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