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post #1 of 6 Old 09-04-2012, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Info on Holsteiners Please! :)

Hi everyone, I have an opportunity to adopt or buy at a very low cost a Holsteiner gelding. His owner got another horse and basically just dumped him in a pasture to live in "retirement" while she focuses on her new one. Does anyone have experience with this type of Warmblood? Are there any conformation/health issues that I should keep in mind, or any info in general that is good to know? I think he is a wonderful horse and a perfect gentleman, based on working with him the past month. Just wanted to be safe before making a decision! :)
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-04-2012, 05:48 PM
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Honestly I love the breed. I find they are super sweet and willing to work. Most of them are GORGEOUS on top of it! I ride the breed in Dressage and they do very well, so I'm not sure how they are in other disciplines. Good luck, hope you're able to get him!
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How old is he? You said she retired him. Was this because of a health issue? I guess it just depends on what you plan on doing with him and what the situation is. It seems weird that she would be almost giving away a horse like that and not have some kind of medical problem. I suggest a PPE before taking him home. On another note, Holsteiners are very nice horses. I've never heard of them having any issues within certain bloodlines like a Quarter Horse.
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My friend is a vet, and the girl is keeping him at her farm. From what I've been told, he was given field rest after having issues with his hocks. When he was sound and rideable again, the girl tried to ride him, he hopped around and side-bucked a little and she fell off. She hasn't ridden him since and that was three years ago. I've never met her, but from what my friend said, she's used to only riding push-button school horses and falling off must have scared her. Personally I think this chick is nuts; he's sound, sane and has a ton of life and love left!
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-04-2012, 10:38 PM
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Well, it sounds like you have it figured out then. Good luck with him. I don't know anything about your experience, but I'm sure you wouldn't get a horse like that without the proper training. It is rare, but occasionally you will come across the higher end warmbloods at low prices (it's becoming more often now that hay is so expensive). I got my Oldenburg mare for free. She was in pretty bad shape when I got her, though. I've found that these horses are more high tempered. It all depends on the horse and its individual personality and training of course. I know that your friend is a vet, but I'd look into the healing of his hocks some more. He could be bucking and acting out from pain.
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post #6 of 6 Old 09-06-2012, 12:00 AM
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I got a Holsteiner for free. Possesses a loving and devoted personality like no other and I would never trade him for anything in the world. Also has a dangerous rearing habit from past trauma and has backflipped before. Was retired to pasture for the rest of his life at a young age before I got him. The owner disclosed all of his issues with me but I still uncovered a lot of his history by gathering info from others who knew his previous owners. Do your research and gather as much info as you can before making a decision.
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