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post #1 of 6 Old 06-01-2012, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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Need help on possible purchase

I have been looking for a horse for my 9 year old daughter and I to share. We have found a possible option as far as tempermant and training goes but I am concerned about possible soundness and as a beginner, I don't have the expertise that I need. The horse is 9 years old and the owner said that her feet were trimmed the week before and that she need shoes for the show season because her white hooves are "soft" Her soles were much flatter than any of the lesson horses we ride. I am having my daughter's instructor look at her and if we pass that test, I will have her vet checked, but before I go through that expense I want to have as many eyes look at her as I can. Thanks for all the help.
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-01-2012, 03:29 PM
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The horse looks good but I see a bit of a dish in the front hooves. This is coupled with your stating the soles of the feet are flat as opposed to concave. I suspect this horse may have had a minor episode with founder.

That being said she is a bit upright in her front pasterns.

Have a good equine vet take a look at this horse. For a beginner she sounds the right age and temperament and that is very very important.

I had a horse that had foundered (with flat feet). It was a mild case and had been treated well. She was never lame the entire time I owned her and I fox hunted her. She never wore pads under her shoes and she was barefoot in the winter (when not ridden as much). When she wore shoes she had to have a reset or new shoes every 4 weeks (often the latter.. I rode so much I wore the shoes out).

I owned her from age coming 3 (I trained her myself) until she was 14. She was fox hunted after I sold her.

BTW White feet softer than black feet is a myth IME.

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post #3 of 6 Old 06-01-2012, 05:40 PM
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Your trainer is your best resource. She is very cute, and with a beginner, disposition would, to me, trump the cracks she has, which are probably superficial. Many are. But, a good vet, or even a farrier could tell you if her feet are good. As far as the white hooves being soft-never heard that, and I have 2 barefoot-one has 3 white feet and the others are actually not sure which color counts!

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post #4 of 6 Old 06-01-2012, 06:05 PM
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She is very cute. I don't know about conformation, trying to learn but not there yet. People say that about white feet, my sister has a paint with white feet and our farrier says he has some of the best feet he has ever seen. I would ask about the founder, either of the person or preferably when the vet or farrier checks her. I'm not a fan of shoes myself, expensive and don't want to be stepped or kicked accidently by a horse with shoes on.

I tell all my friends when they go looking for a horse, if its for trailriding buy a trailhorse, if its going to be a horse rode in a arena and stalled buy one from someone who stalls and arena rides, especially your first horse, you just spent a nice chip of money do you really want to spend more on working with issues such as stalling, spooky because they aren't used to that kind of thing.

Good luck, I agree she looks like she has some arabian in her too. She sure is purdy.
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-01-2012, 06:14 PM
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Honestly, she looks very well put together. Nice back, a tad bump high with a bit of a steep angle to her croup. She is upright on her front pasterns. Honestly, I really like her. There's nothing glaringly wrong with her.
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-02-2012, 08:35 AM
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She is REALLY nice. Yes the laminitic slope is a concern, that can actually be an illusion though caused by poor or infrequent trimming! Correct trimming and I bet her feet come back and end up looking great.

I really, really REALLY like her... she could come live with me!

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