Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: An English Girl living in beautiful Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Depending on what the OP wants to do with the horse, I will counter the 'nay sayers'.
My afterthought purchase gelding Riley had OCD (the osteochondritis variety) in his right hind as a youngster. He developed the bone spur/bone flap as described by Foxhunter and had surgery to rectify/remove.
I bought him to be my second horse, my steady Eddie, my husband horse (some hope!) and boy am I lucky if found him!
He is an amazing horse, intelligent, trustworthy, amazingly sensitive to the aids, and a very easy keeper. I have discovered a joy of dressage that I never thought I would have with him!
He is not built for speed...so I would never have looked at him for the likes of endurance or competitive eventing anyway. If I had been wanting him for those then I would have been out off by the OCD. But I wanted a good all-round pleasure horse, and I found one at a good price the reflected the OCD.
Yes, he may have arthritis in that joint in the future, yes he may have arthritis in all his joints in the future. But what horse is without problems as it gets old?
So - it comes back to what the OP wants to do with him, and now much they are asking.
Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.