Yeah I get what you guys are saying. And thanks for all of your input, I appreciate it. :) too bad I don't ride western and it woulda just prettymuch been me riding him. Then it mighthave worked. I understand why his price was so much lower than the other horses on the site. Im going to hold off on getting another horse for now. My horse died about a month ago and Id feel like I was replacing him. But Im always looking, and this one just kinda caught my eye. You guys are right, were not the right match for eachother lol. But hopefully someone else will enjoy him over the knee'd and all haha
If he is sound enough for the track why wouldnt he be able to jump small jumps?
Who says he is sound enough for the track? Race sport has not exactly the reputation to care much about the long-term lameness issues a horse can get from the track. You, in contrary, sure want to ride your new horse for many, many years. I would not recommend looking any closer at this one because he really does not have good front legs (unless the picture is misleading). There are so many retired thoroughbreds around - keep looking! Good luck!
My husband (6' 3-4" 245 lbs.) rides an OTTB in the mountains that we have had since he was 9. The difference is that our horse had PERFECT conformation and wonderful bone, had been raced very lightly and had always had wonderful care. We got him when he was 9. This year he will be 21 and he's still sound. He's 16+hh. Just under 16.1.
Tall, big people do not have to have tall horses. In fact, shorter horses with more bone in their leg and a stockier build may be better for them because the center of gravity that the horse has to balance isn't as far off the ground. Height is not all you should be looking at.
The thoroughbred you were looking at has definite faults in his knees and leg structure. I think he was also young? It's bad enough that they begin racing so early, but if you really want them to be carrying weight, it would be good to let them mature. I watched the video and I definitely saw a constricted stride. He's at Canter because he won't make a race horse. With those legs, he's not going to be good at anything that requires any kind of athletic ability. I'd pass.