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    07-17-2009, 11:10 PM
pastern confo and jumping

I am trying to find a new horse, and just keep having problems come up with the horses I actually like. I just got back from looking at a very nice 3 yo QH that is nice enough I was about ready to make an offer on her. However, there is one thing that bother me about her and her conformation and soundness in the future. Her pasterns are longer than I like, and they are more sloaped than her shoulders in the front. The back pasterns are fantastic, front ones not so much. I have been talking to some people I respect and have had very different opinions. Over the long term, how do these horses generally hold up to jumping? I'm looking at showing up to 3'6" in the hunters/eq. Obviously, that's a few years down the line since she's still young.

Thanks for any advice you guys have to offer. Oh, and I'll try to get pics of it in a bit.
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    07-17-2009, 11:20 PM
I honestly don't think confo makes the horse. In our barn, there are quite a few horses who do NOT have the best confo, yet they excel at theor jobs, even jumping. One pony has four legs that don't match and is sound and happy 23 years later, after a very successful career, including 3ft hunters

If this pony seems perfect otherwise, I'd get her
    07-17-2009, 11:25 PM
Here are some photos - one of her standing, then others in a walking sequence. Note she is in deep sand, which may be making it look worse than it really is.
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    07-17-2009, 11:34 PM
Here she is at the trot (now I think I will have to find a video of some of my old horses that stayed sound for years to compare to, sometimes I think I'm making things up)
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    07-18-2009, 06:25 AM
I am not a confo expert but w/o seeing her go not sure what to tell, they do look very long. I do think if you are going to be jumping that high and often that confirmation does come into play very much. We have two horses at our barn that have confirmation issues that ended up causing them to have trouble jumping on a regular basis. So its a valid concern but I will defer to the many posters on here who are good at confo evaluation.
    07-18-2009, 07:52 AM
Eh, :/. I don't like the looks of that at all. There is too much length and flexion in her pasterns. I forsee dropped fetlocks in her future under normal strain of riding, let alone jumping. It wouldn't take much for her to fracture a seisamoid (sp?) during a stressful or fast course.
    07-19-2009, 10:10 AM
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You want a decent length of pastern for sure but when they're too long you run the risk of injury/weakness. In the pics they do look a little on the long side. But so much of it depends on overall structure not just one area (unless that area is really really bad!) Then again I see horses with beautiful conformation break down early and those with hideous legs jumping when they're 28.

Just curious, what kind of horse are you looking for and what is your budget? We have a few horses for sale that are (or will be) really nice hunters and/or jumpers.

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