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  • Foxtrotter horse that looks like is limping but isn't

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    01-10-2013, 10:02 AM
Thank you for all of the reply's!!! I just contacted the owner to see if a vet check is possible :) If it is NOT, then I will not be getting him :(

I'll post what I find out :)
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    01-10-2013, 10:09 AM
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I think he is limping as well but then again, he's on what looks to be a slick icy type of path...
    01-10-2013, 11:00 AM
It almost looks like he's trying to gait and she keeps pulling him back, but he maybe limping, it would be best to get him vet check before you buy him.
    01-10-2013, 12:46 PM
Originally Posted by Horsecrazy4ever    
I'm looking into buying this horse.... He is a 12 year old MFT gelding.

He has a head bob and the owner says that he is SLIGHTLY off in the front right shoulder.... she thinks.

Is this true??? Or is he just gaiting? I'm new to this breed :)

If he is limping, how does one fix it? Chiro?

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Seriously gimpy.

Fix it? First, get a vet to diagnose it. Then after you get the diagnosis you can do a full SOAP.

But why bother? It's not your horse. The world is awash in good, sound horses for sale. Messing with a "project" might lead to a "good deal" but more probably will lead to a large stack of vet bills.

Pass it by and keep looking.

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    01-10-2013, 01:14 PM
Originally Posted by Guilherme    
Seriously gimpy.

Fix it? First, get a vet to diagnose it. Then after you get the diagnosis you can do a full SOAP.

But why bother? It's not your horse. The world is awash in good, sound horses for sale. Messing with a "project" might lead to a "good deal" but more probably will lead to a large stack of vet bills.

Pass it by and keep looking.

thank you for your very opinionated advice.
    01-10-2013, 01:41 PM
To me it looks like a hoof issue by the way he's short striding on it and the head pop. That isn't the same as a head nod on a gaited horse or it would be rhythmic. It could be an abcess coming on or something else. If you really want him do get the vet check done. We've heard too many broken heart stories on here from those who didn't. If you don't want to do a vet check, wait about 6 weeks and if he's till for sale, try him out again. If it's an abcess it's usually run it's course by then and he'll be fine. Since he's white, I wonder about his age as most greys are white in their late teens or later.
    01-10-2013, 01:46 PM
I passed on him..... he's going to the sale barn today.
    01-10-2013, 01:53 PM
Watch videos of MFTs on YouTube. A sound one has a very nice cadence with his nod going with the steps. Nod-nod-nod-nod-nod. This horse's cadence is step-nod-step-nod-step-nod.

I would likely pass on this horse if it were me.
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    01-10-2013, 02:40 PM
Originally Posted by Horsecrazy4ever    
thank you for your very opinionated advice.
You're quite welcome. And you did ask!

    01-10-2013, 06:08 PM
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This horse is not limping. And not gaiting either at this point. This horse is seriously LAME. Should not be ridden at all, nor sold.

There is something really wrong here. Could be many many things, but to take on this horse if you don't have to is doing yourself a disservice.

This could be only a small issue, such as abscess, could be navicular, could be leg problem, could be shoulder issue, could be neurological too.

This can run into thousands of dollars, and the owner should be shot for not doing something about this, AND for selling a horse and lying to a prospective buyer.

Do NOT buy this horse, you will regret it. Even a PPE may not get to the root of the problem, and unless you have a qualified equine lameness specialist look at the horse, and that means X-rays and other testing, you may not get the straight of it either. Not all vets are the same.

There are too many sound horses out there to get one that is not.

Run away from this one.

Saw you passed and am glad of that.

I remember another person who was all excited about a horse she was getting, in spite of several cautions from more experience horse people as to some things we saw. She got horse anyway, and has not been able to ride him but once in couple of years now. All of the things we saw, and cautioned about, were sadly right on target. She is out price of horse, hauling across the country, and many many meds and treatments, and still has no horse to ride.

You have learned a good thing about horses.

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