You know, I see the hyperflexion and I agree that it isn't ideal. However, assessing pastern flexion when the horse is at a full gallop is tricky no? Sure it is almost touching the ground, I see that but the pasterns are shock absorbers, what could offer more physical shock than flying down the home straight?
Here are some photos for comparison, the first one is Secretariat, the second is Phar Lap. Both showing hyperflexion at that moment in their stride. secretariat.jpg phar lap.jpg
So I am not saying any of you are wrong, I guess I am just asking how accurately you can assess hyperflexion at a gallop? If he was doing that at a walk that would bother me, but the pasterns look reasonable in the first pic. Perhaps if he WASN'T doing that at a gallop, he would injure the joint.