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    Horse over at the knee? pictures added! another one added#18

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    Is it as bad as people say it is when horses are over at the knee?
    does it cause issues ect? the horse I was potentially looking at
    is over at the knee (i think thats what it is) its where one knee is like oh i dont know how to explain it its like when a person is kind of crouching likesome one who puts there knees out a bit. anyways ya does it cause problems for jumping not high or anything but im just curious.? also he has an old healed bowed tendon, and was on rest i belive for about a year after that he was under professional training for 45 days. he has never been lame since. if anyone has any input whther he would be able to take jumping not eventing or anything just hunters up to 3 foot max. ( i probably would never go that high but u know..)

    can anyone explain or help thank you all!!
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    I think it depends on how bad it is. My gelding is slightly over at the knee. (It isn't noticeable except if he stands under himself some or you're really looking for it.) It doesn't effect him at all. He raced completely sound for about 4 years and is now an eventing horse. He can easily jump 4' no problem. A more severe case will effect the horse more and put extra stress on the tendons which could cause problems down the road. (anybody feel free to correct me!) I haven't had to deal with a horse that had bad over-at-the knees, just a couple mild cases.

    Here is my gelding, so you can see the extent of his. It is more noticeable when he stands certain ways.




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    Being *slightly* over at the knee (I have heard) can actually be beneficial to a jumper (don't quote me on that, I have just been told by some people).

    My old horse was slightly over at the knee, and like luckydragon's he could jump 4ft pretty easy. Very tidy with his knees.


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    Quote Originally Posted by imjustjoking22 View Post
    Being *slightly* over at the knee (I have heard) can actually be beneficial to a jumper (don't quote me on that, I have just been told by some people).

    My old horse was slightly over at the knee, and like luckydragon's he could jump 4ft pretty easy. Very tidy with his knees.
    That is interesting. I have never heard that before. I know a couple horses that are over in the knee and are never bothered. Lucky's sire ran for about 7-8 years completely sound while being over in the knee worse than Lucky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luckydragon View Post
    That is interesting. I have never heard that before. I know a couple horses that are over in the knee and are never bothered. Lucky's sire ran for about 7-8 years completely sound while being over in the knee worse than Lucky.
    The people who have told me that said that when they are over at the knee they are quicker to snap their knees up over a jump... but like I said, just hearsay. I definitely haven't met a horse who was lame because of it either though


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    Quote Originally Posted by imjustjoking22 View Post
    The people who have told me that said that when they are over at the knee they are quicker to snap their knees up over a jump... but like I said, just hearsay. I definitely haven't met a horse who was lame because of it either though
    That kinda does make sense though. Come to think of it, I haven't seen a horse lame because of that either! I think I'd rather have that than any other fault in the front legs.
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    For horses that are over at the knee and being jumped ...the damage comes from the landing more so then the take off. Personally I wouldnt jump a horse that was over at the knee if I wanted him/her to last.

    But as mentioned above it does depend on the severity & how it effects the rest of the horses conformation over all.

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    here are some pictures.


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    If their minorly over-at-the knee it won't be that big of an issue. of course with everything, too much can be bad. Just depends on the individual horse, and how the owner/rider is aware and takes precautions.

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    My horse is back at the knee, lol, opposite... And seems to do just fine. I've seen a few over the knee horses who also do well. I suppose it has to do with the extremity of fault.
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