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post #11 of 33 Old 10-17-2013, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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it was a bit crazy though cause they originally wanted 1200 for him and his harness .... that is INSANE.... but there is a third party that knows this person that told me about the horse that with confronting him on the condition of all of his horses the price drastically dropped...I think he is the worst of all of the horses there ...I personally wont pay more than 300-350 for this horse
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post #12 of 33 Old 10-17-2013, 06:34 PM
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I hope you have a lot of disposable income. A young horse is this condition costs a lot of time and money to get up to good health again. But an 18 year old who has probably had quite a tough, hard working life... it is not going to be cheap and it will take a lot of time. You're better off paying a bit more for a quiet, older but well looked after trail horse for Hubby.
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So, they say he "rides and drives"? Do you really have any idea how well? IF I were to ever consider a horse like this, it would be to give him a lush green pasture to keep mowed the rest of his life. You have no idea if he would throw your DH into the next rockpile, do you? I certainly would not take a chance. There are too many out there who are much more realistic prospects.
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post #14 of 33 Old 10-17-2013, 08:26 PM
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His back appears to be dropping and the pelvis tilting forward. I'm wondering if he saw 18 a while back. My horse looked like this at 26 and it wasn't for lack of care or groceries - just old age.
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post #15 of 33 Old 10-17-2013, 08:35 PM
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OP, I'm going to go against the grain a little here - I could tell in many of your posts you want to give this boy a home, and after an ok from your vet, I say take him home and nurture him! He may have a lot to give, if given a chance. I must add, I was pleased and surprised to see such a shiny coat - maybe his unfortunate weight loss is recent, and there's a fine horse waiting for you! :)
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post #16 of 33 Old 10-17-2013, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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the owner and I have a common friend and she said he used to ride and drive well but has just been sitting in a pasture that has little grass...and has quite a few horses on one roll and no other feed...apparently his condition has gone downhill more recently from the way she talks... I do want to save him and give him a home where he can have the care and love he deserves...but I also don't want an endless money pit either...I guess right now taking it step by step and will see what a vet has to say and go from there.
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post #17 of 33 Old 10-17-2013, 11:13 PM
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I sort of agree with Northernstar.
Have a vet look at him. If you have some history then it's less of a gamble. I'd pay for the PPE and go from there.
Even a younger horse can end up being a money pit. No guarantees with any age.
Let us know what the vet has to say.
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post #18 of 33 Old 10-18-2013, 04:03 PM
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If he has complex underlying issues, he could be humanely euthanized once those become more clear. IMO that would be far better (for you & him) than letting him slowly deteriorate and die without any care. I would recommend a PPE so you are forewarned though.
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post #19 of 33 Old 11-17-2013, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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Just an update, the vet check didn't go so well.. so ended up passing on him...felt really guilty about doing so....
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post #20 of 33 Old 11-17-2013, 09:00 PM
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What did the vet say specifically?
The horse is eating on a round bale in your photos, but they look moldy.
Depending on the price, I would get him just to get him out of that situation. At least let him have a good life while he still can. I'm a sucker for a horse in need though.
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