Today I'm going to talk about a personal pet peeve conformational defect known as "back at the knee." If you've ever bent your knees to lift something heavy, you know that your legs are stronger when the knee is bent slightly in the proper direction. What if the knee were built so that even at rest, it was actually behind the position of the lower leg? It is easy to imagine what an ineffective leg that creates. In horses, it creates a weak leg that is at high risk of tendon injury, a horse who is not built to stay sound and won't. I knew I could count on the Internet to turn up numerous examples. Just to horrify everyone further, I limited my choices to stallions standing at stud.
The foreleg here is a classic example. If you drew a straight line upwards from the front of the pastern, the knee isn't going to meet it. It isn't even going to come close enough to wave hello. (And while we're talking about this stallion, where is his neck?)
Ha ha, nice try on the selective photography! In this picture - the only one posted of this allegedly palomino (sure looks sorrel to me) stallion - the feet are lopped off but, sadly, the knees are still in the picture and boy is he ever back at the knee. Look at the front left. Textbook example.
OK, you guys are kidding about this one, right?
April Fools was three months ago. Take down the pictures of your yak.
DAMN, that wouldn't even make a decent gelding. In fact, I may have to make a banner for this site featuring this horse. He is the poster child!