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post #1 of 20 Old 11-12-2013, 01:43 AM Thread Starter
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Aloha!! I need advice! I want to make sure I'm not jumping the gun on getting this horse because appaloosa's are so hard to come by in hawaii, and to own one is my dream horse.

I took a break from riding for almost six years after my first horse passed. I began leasing a pony but unfortunately she's just too small, so I began looking into horses for sale. The horse In question a little old, he's 16 but basically bomb proof. Which is perfect because I'm not looking to compete this time around, I want a trail horse. He's a gelding just under 15 h. The current owner said he cut his hoof straight across on a fence while turned out. He was limping when he walked and she said the injury was a little over a month old but it was pretty high up on the hoof. Maybe about an 1.5-2 inches below the coronary band. She said he'll be fine but I'm skeptical.
It wasn't bloody and it didn't look infected.
And say I do purchase this horse, should i not expect to ride him for a while??

Anybody have any experiences in this department or advice? If like to have a vet check him out obviously but they aren't many willing to go with me unless I pay an arm and a leg to go so far. And I was told not to have the sellers vet because they may be baisist. Any help is appreciated!!!
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post #2 of 20 Old 11-12-2013, 03:21 AM
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Do not buy a lame horse. Trust me on this. Tell the seller youll be interested to see h8m when he is healed. Having your dream hors3 turn out to be unridable and pe4haps need costly vetting would b3 a bummer.
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post #3 of 20 Old 11-12-2013, 03:27 AM
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Never ever buy a lame horse. Tell the owner that if he doesn't sell, you will come back when he is going well again.

Its far too much of a risk, you could pay out for something that will sit in a field for the rest of it's life
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I agree. Do not but a lame horse, especially with his age. The persistent lameness could just be a coincidence and he could end up a complete cripple.

Can you post a photo of his front feet and legs from the knee down? One of the very experienced people here on the board may be able to spot something. But regardless, do not buy a lame horse. He will more than likely just be a 'money pit' and still not give you anything to ride.

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post #5 of 20 Old 11-12-2013, 09:52 AM
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Don't buy the horse until you see it sound. Tell the owner you'd like to wait and see how the injury cures before committing yourself. If he/she isn't trying to pull a fast one on you, he'll respect your decision. Do you think the horse's injury warrants the degree of lameness you've seen? You don't say how deep the cut is, but if there's no blood or infection it sounds to be healing ok.
I bought a lame horse, and I wouldn't do it again! I don't really regret my acquisition because 1. she is gorgeous, 2. I'm an eternal optimist and I think she can return to soundness although it's taking time, and 3. I hate to think what future might have awaited her in that dealer's yard if I hadn't bought her. But it's a constant source of at best, anxiety, and at worst, big vet bills. Don't risk it if you want a horse you can ride.
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post #6 of 20 Old 11-12-2013, 11:26 AM
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Without seeing the horse or the hoof my inclination is the cut on the Hoof is NOT causing the lameness.

My sense is that there is something else going on. The cut on the hoof unless it is really really bad shouldn't cause lameness IMO especially one month later when it has grown out etc.

Your gut reaction to be skeptical was a good one.
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post #7 of 20 Old 11-12-2013, 12:51 PM
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I agree with everyone else. Never buy a lame horse! If you are still considering purchasing him however, get a good vet to do a PPE (pre purchase exam) for you. The vet will be able to spot things you may not notice as well as give you a better idea as to what is going on/. It'll cost you money up front, but no more than if you bought him lame and ended up with a really pretty pasture ornament :)

Doesn't want to turn?....More leg.
Doesn't pick up the canter when you ask?...More leg.
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post #8 of 20 Old 11-12-2013, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for your responses. I'm seeing the horse tomorrow I can put a photo of the injury on here.

The owner was actually trying to sell me another old gelding but he is sound and she wants 500 less for him. The appaloosa she said she wasn't going to sell but since I kept gushing about him she said she'd do 1500. She operates a trail riding facility with these horses. I feel like there are a few red alarms in this scenario right??? I just want a horse I can spoil and take on mellow trails, is that so much to ask?! :(
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post #9 of 20 Old 11-12-2013, 01:56 PM
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Everything happens for a reason...

But if you spend the money you may be spoiling a horse without riding it.

If this one doesn't work, there will be plenty more out there.. Promise!
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post #10 of 20 Old 11-12-2013, 02:03 PM
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I have to agree with the above: probably not the best idea to purchase a lame horse.... But going out to see the damage for yourself~

The sensitivity of the internet baffles me.
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