It was an idea I was thinking about, health is a big issue for me but maintenance isn't. And it wouldn't be the end of the world if said horse never worked out we have plenty use for him here. Just not sure what my granddad would say about it. lol By next year my feelings could change and I could have something else in mind who knows. Thank you.
One was Shire/TB - ringbone and retired at 10. The other was 3/4 TB, well proportioned, good mover, looked like a WB. Started hock injections at 11, got to 3rd level, retired at 15. Belgian/TB, very flashy, good bone, reached 3rd level, retired at 14, ringbone and sidebone. *shrug* There were at least 4 others of which I am aware with similar issues, but admittedly, that is a small sample, and ANY horse can have problems. It just sort of bothered me and when horse hunting, I just chose not to invest myself in looking at draft crosses. FWIW, a friend showed a "smallish" purebred Belgian - 16 hands as a hunter/jumper until he was close to 13, then "retired" him to be a vaulting horse, 100% sound. Perhaps purebred is the way to go?