Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
We are looking at trading a gelding we aquired (from my sister who could no longer afford him) with an APHA, black breeding stock mare.
The mare has had some prior tramitization/abuse at a trainer, which is something that I am willing and able to work with.
She also has some fairly turned in front legs - it can be seen in the knee and pasturn of her left front clearly. The barn selling her seems pretty sure that she has had some very bad trimming for a prolonged period (years) - confirmed by their farrier and a marked improvement from one proper trimming. She also looks very slightly toed out in the hind, but I didn't even have her standing square, so I can't be sure.
My dad (My husband, parents, and I all have a small horse farm together) likes her for emotional reasons (her eyes, a horse to plod around the yard on, etc.); and I like her build other than her legs - she is tied together pretty nicely, especially after a bit of conditioning. Because of her prior trauma, I only took her to the arena and watched her at liberty, but her movement was very flowing and athletic. She reaches under nicely, and her legs do not seem to interfere with her movement at all. I am looking for an additional performance horse to my stallion (for reining, etc.).
I know and trust the people who are trading her - they have been very upfront with everything about her (including the legs and rehab she will need before she will be able to really be used as a performance horse). I still worry about those legs - what if they are wrong about it being entirely related to trimming problems. She has apparently had a straight legged foal, and her previous owners remember her being straight legged in the past.
One major reason we would trade a gelding for a mare would be because we could breed a mare to our stallion. I like all of her traits, except the LEGS! I worry about it being genetic. The last thing I want is to produce crooked legged babies.
Would my vet or farrier be able to tell if the problem was likely man made or genetic?
The gelding we are considering trading is already ridable, so if the mare cannot be bred, he is already ahead of her in that aspect. He will be a much harder keep with more chronic minor health issues (tender feet, easy to get infections, etc.), and is not as gentle/calm from the ground as the mare.
I need some outside perspective Please!
I don't want to offend the people we are talking business with, but I also don't want to "trade down". We would also be receiving a considerable amount of training/lessons in reining and related disciplines as part of the trade.