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post #21 of 30 Old 12-09-2012, 10:05 PM
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Since you're not already committed to this purchase (made a down payment or signed a contract), I would strongly advise you to back out and look at other colts. There are other things about this colt that I really don't like, but the clubbed feet were the most obvious and concerning issues.

I don't know how much they are asking for this colt, but with the market like it is, you can find a lot better quality out there for almost a pittance...especially if you are looking at animals this young.

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post #22 of 30 Old 12-09-2012, 10:08 PM
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He only showed this problem after his last farrier visit who supposedly was a different farrier then usual. I've seen a lot of bad farrier jobs. I'm being careful.

There is no way his feet look like that just from one farrier job-they're lying. It seems that you DO have your heart pretty set on him so do whatever floats your boat but you aren't taking all 'precautions' as you say. Any good horseman would know that that colts feet would NOT look that way after one farrier visit. (Unless the farrier was a complete moron)

I'd seriously not even bother but being you have your heart set already-good luck..
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post #23 of 30 Old 12-09-2012, 10:26 PM
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His legs just won't hold up to riding. If you're just looking for a companion that's okay but right now you could get a really lovely foal for almost nothing. With those legs and feet I doubt he'll ever be able to do much work. Very pretty boy though.
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post #24 of 30 Old 12-10-2012, 06:52 AM
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I don't think a 7 month old would have more than 1 or 2 farrier sessions...

Personally, I wouldn't waste the gas money to cross state lines to look at it.

I think you can compare not only the hoof differences, but the physical build of the front legs to this 7 month old:



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post #25 of 30 Old 12-10-2012, 05:01 PM
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The pictures from when he was younger showed no signs of any leg problems. It is hard to tell what a foal will look like until they are older but you can always get an idea.

Foals are not born with club feet, they come as they grow, often from to much protein causing the tendons to contract and pulling the foal onto its toe.

First thing I noticed was that he is club footed.
Second thing I noticed is that no matter that everyone answering has told you to run the other way, you are determined that there is nothing wrong or, that some miraculous farrier is going to cure the problem.

Sorry but at the stage it is at it is basically incurable, he will always have small and upright feet which will lead to navicular before he is very old.

I would advise that you cut your loses now and run the other way.
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post #26 of 30 Old 12-10-2012, 05:29 PM
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Foals are not born with club feet, they come as they grow, often from to much protein causing the tendons to contract and pulling the foal onto its toe.

First thing I noticed was that he is club footed.
Second thing I noticed is that no matter that everyone answering has told you to run the other way, you are determined that there is nothing wrong or, that some miraculous farrier is going to cure the problem.

Sorry but at the stage it is at it is basically incurable, he will always have small and upright feet which will lead to navicular before he is very old.

I would advise that you cut your loses now and run the other way.
This needs to be repeated.

You are going to have an over priced lawn ornament that will more then likely end up being to sore for even that if he is ridden. This horse should never see a rider IMO.
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post #27 of 30 Old 12-11-2012, 01:29 PM
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Nothing to add but lots of likes to everyone advising you to back away. Too many nice horses out there to go ahead with this purchase, unless you enjoy martyrdom.
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post #28 of 30 Old 12-12-2012, 03:10 PM
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Find a better foal that is not so flashy with color. A solid chestnut with good conformation and breeding is worth far more in 5 years than a flashy colored foal with club feet that you will love and have to put down because of pain (even as a pasture ornament).
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post #29 of 30 Old 12-16-2012, 08:26 PM
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I had a horse with a club foot and it was a whole lot worse than this horse's feet. His hoof was folded completely underneath him. He was an incredible horse and he was really special to me. Not everything has to be a business deal, but if you buy him you will have to put him down eventually. On the other hand every horse deserves love, so you just do what you think is right for you.
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post #30 of 30 Old 12-17-2012, 03:05 PM
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love the colour, front feet are as everyone said SCARY....RUN!

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