I was wondering if there are any limitations on having a horse that is "over at the knees". He is a 4 year old TB with only 10 starts. I was wondering if this conformation fault would limit him in jumping, dressage, or soundness? THanks!!
It depends on how over at the knee he is. If its only barely the horse should be fine with jumping and dressage and everything, you'll just want to make sure if you do a lot of jumping you wrap him and mayb put ice packs and stuff on just to be sure. But if he's over a lot than yes that can limit the horse and be more prone to lameness esp when jumping.
I would definitely pass on this horse if you are serious in showing and/or doing a lot of precise work with him. I personally think he'd be alright as a trail mount, but I doubt he will stay sound if you push him hard or use him strenuously.
If he is sound and doesn't appear in pain, no issues. I had a horse who was quite young, a tb who was over at the knee. I started jumping him shortly after buying him and he very quickly decline. He became very lame and unsound and nothing could be done. I ended up selling him to someone who used him as a flatting/little girl horse. Worked out well
One of my trainer's grand prix horses is slightly over at the knee and he has no problems. One of our well known vets (here locally) has a really good jumper who used to do grand prix courses as well (now retired) and he is over at the knee and he's never had problems.
It depends on the horse. Sometimes its just a conformation fault that never causes problems, sometimes its a very serious issue which will really prevent you using the horse to its full potential.