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Horse Shopping

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Hi, just starting a blog about a horse we're looking at. My daughter and I went to see him on Saturday. I haven't been horse-shopping since 1993! Wow! (Backtrack here: Our current horse, my daughter had been taking lessons for a few months, I had just started again after 12 years off, and one day at the barn I noticed a new horse in a lesson, loved his demeanor, and it turned out he was in for sale. So about a month later we bought him - not much horse-shopping there and of course it was at a place we were familiar.)

Anyway, we went to check out a horse I'd been eying for almost a year, but he was out of my price range. Price has since come down. I would say he is close to being what we are looking for: quiet, steady, broke, talented. He's also pretty handsome, comfortable and only 7 y.o. Downside, I think one of his front legs points out a little, and possibly his hoof is trimmed so that the coronet band is not parallel to the ground as it should be - so is there a confirmation issue there or a trimming issue? If the trimming were corrected, would the horse be uncomfortable? If "this is the way he goes," will there be problems over time? I did watch him walk, and he lands flat on that foot. Additionally, they have either had problems with saddle fit causing back issues, or maybe just back issues. Got to the point where he was starting to develop ulcers and losing weight last year, but they've got him comfortable and back in shape. So, again - was it saddle fit, or something wrong with his back? They said he's never colicked and are willing to provide his vet records.

Here he is on the cross-ties and his front legs:

We reviewed the video and the visit with my trainer after coming home, she noted a few things we didn't pick up on, but agrees he's worth a second look. The seller's trainer told me a couple other people are interested, but I don't want to allow myself to be pressured by that due to my own concerns; I've been burnt before buying a horse. I know it's not easy to find the right one, hopefully I can be patient and diligent and at least know what I'm getting into.
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    Horse shopping aint' for sissies so hang in there! I agree with TXGRANDMA, if in doubt now when you should be seeing a horse at it's best then later you will likely be disappointed. Sounds like your gut may be telling you what you already know. Either way, happy shopping- after all, is should be joyful looking for a new best buddy!
    2967 days ago
    Jennie good luck no matter what happens - I just know you'll find the perfect horse for you!
    2968 days ago
    Thanks,Chris - I know what you mean by a leap of faith, but when too much money is involved, there is a lot less faith you want to take, lol! My trainer says none of her own horses ever passed the vet, so there you go. But that's what we pay the vets for, to give us an idea of what we may be dealing with....I did inquire about the mare, but the person hasn't gotten back to me, so don't know what the deal is with that, maybe she is hotter or not fit for what we said we needed. Thanks for posting! Jennie
    2968 days ago
    I don't know, Jennie! I would be leery of him with his problematic history, and for the price they want.......
    He toes out quite a bit, I think. I would bet that the uneven coronet line is a problem issue, and not a trimming issue, if all the rest of the hooves are even.
    Anyway, good luck! Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith. Did you inquire about the mare you had a lead on?
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    2968 days ago
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