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post #21 of 26 Old 11-10-2010, 12:26 PM
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to me she is short in the neck, Thick through the jowl, back at the knee and sickle hocked.

The big one to me would be the back at the knee. This puts massive strain on the tendons of the front legs and makes it more likely for the horse to injure its tendons. far better to be over at the knee.

short neck and Thick through the jowl is a typical draft thing, will only realy affect you if you want to do dressage or to ask the horse to flex at the poll since this will be quite difficult for the horse

She doesnt look downhill to me, I think that is an optical illusion because her back end is more developed then her front.

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My biggest thing is how posty she is behind. It will limit her ability to get over bigger fences, but this may be a good thing because her heavy build and weak looking front end mean I wouldn't peg her for a horse who would stay sound while jumping.
She could do low level hunters and low level dressage. Make sure she is always fit fit fit before jumping her over anything because the front legs will strain upon landing.

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I see...straight back legs, but a nice kind looking horse with big kind eyes and a little bit of an oversized head. And her neck could have a little more length to it

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post #24 of 26 Old 11-10-2010, 06:57 PM
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Originally Posted by faye View Post

The big one to me would be the back at the knee. This puts massive strain on the tendons of the front legs and makes it more likely for the horse to injure its tendons. far better to be over at the knee.
I thought she may be back at the knee, but I wasn't really sure, due to the quality of the picture...

OP do you have any more pics? Maybe some of her moving too?

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post #25 of 26 Old 11-10-2010, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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I don't have any better quality shots then this one right now. All the rest are of her over a jump or grazing. I might be able to get some better ones this weekend but not until then, sorry! Thank you for all the comments though!

I definitely agree with those of you who say back at the knee. I don't think it's too severe, but I see it in her when she stands. I am also very aware of her short neck because although she wears an oversize bridle, she has cob reins, and I'm not kidding! haha, so I never pegged her as a dressage horse because I know a bend at the poll would be difficult.

I'm not a super competitive rider nor am I someone who does intense workouts with her horse. I ride her about 30-40min 4 times a week, only jumping one time every other week or so, and never anything big. She's a pleasure horse and she might do 2 hunter paces and 2 shows a year if I save up for them. I'm not super worried about overexerting her, I was just generally curious as to what other people thought :)

I will try to get more pictures soon!
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post #26 of 26 Old 11-11-2010, 03:17 AM
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Personally I LOVE her:)I'd take her in a second even with her knees.
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