10-29-2012, 04:23 PM
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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.