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post #1 of 4 Old 09-01-2013, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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How much could he do?

I've mentioned this horse before, but this has been on my mind for ages. How much of a workload could this horse manage?

-He's 16 years old
- 15hh
- Standardbred
- over at the knee

He is ridden by a 12 year old girl.

Here's a pic of his legs:


When he's ridden, his pasterns bend a lot, making him look coon-footed but he doesn't seem to have a problem with it. He is quite energetic under saddle and loves a good gallop. My question is simple: how much workload could this horse manage without getting lame or sore?


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post #2 of 4 Old 09-01-2013, 10:14 PM
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How long is a piece of string? He may be able to handle some W T C maybe some jumping a few times a week, He may be able to handle some higher intensity work... He might not.
You would be best of speaking to your farrier and maybe your vet to see what they recommend, as biomechanically I can see the potential for a whole heap of potential issues that may arise in the future.

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post #3 of 4 Old 09-01-2013, 10:32 PM
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I've mentioned this horse before, but this has been on my mind for ages. How much of a workload could this horse manage?

-He's 16 years old
- 15hh
- Standardbred
- over at the knee

He is ridden by a 12 year old girl.

Here's a pic of his legs:


When he's ridden, his pasterns bend a lot, making him look coon-footed but he doesn't seem to have a problem with it. He is quite energetic under saddle and loves a good gallop. My question is simple: how much workload could this horse manage without getting lame or sore?
It all depends on the condition of his joints. Its not because he is over at the knee that it means he for sure has soundness issues, because he may not have any-he may never have any. My old trainer used to own a grand prix horse whom she did 1.40m with and he was the worst horse I had ever seen as far as being over at the knee goes. I dont even know how he never buckled while standing. He never had any soundness issues.

Being over at the knee is usually only a conformation fault, and its not to often that a horse will have actual soundness issues because of it.

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post #4 of 4 Old 09-01-2013, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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Well, as long as he's been with us, he's never been lame.
Thanks for the replies so far


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