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    03-12-2012, 10:03 PM
Not sure much about his confo, but he pretty. I noticed he has to swirls on his face. They have always interested me, I've heard that horses with 2 swirls tend to be/ seem bi polar. Since it says that these hairs are the first to develop from the brain. Not sure if it is an old wise tale or not, like I said I've always been interested in them. :)
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    03-13-2012, 01:49 AM
Thanks for all the opinions, guys! Atotton, I don't put much stock in those wives tales, and I certainly hope he's not bipolar.

It turns out the vet I was going to have do the PPE on Wednesday is the same vet they use, and he's not comfortable doing it, so now I have to find another vet to do the PPE. Bummer!
    03-13-2012, 02:05 AM
Looks like a nice guy, not much stands out that I dislike but lots stand out that I like. Main thing is that YOU like him and he passes the PPE.
    03-13-2012, 02:39 AM
Is he cow hocked? He looks like he splays out a little behind. If you stand directly behind him, is he more muscled on one side ? ( a chronic lame horse will usually have uneven muscling) He looks okay, but be sure to tell the Vet what you plan to use him for, trail work, roping,cutting, reining, ranch work etc
Some small faults can make a horse unfit for say cutting or jumping and fine for trails. Good luck..
    03-13-2012, 06:11 AM
I would be afraid of back problems in the future. He seems a little bit downhill (might be just an angle of the photo) and his back seems weak. Such a young horse should have straight back. What I like about him is the musculature of loin and croups.
    03-14-2012, 09:10 PM
The vet had no critique of his back, hocks, or even the knee(s). However, his right front hoof has a convex profile, and the left front is a bit dished and splayed, and smaller than the others. It is also more sore to the hoof testers than the others, and he is lame on it. The vet suspects the coffin bone in that hoof is more upright, and the combination of that plus the splayed hoof wall means his laminae could be separating, causing the lameness. Knowing I want to at LEAST trail ride pretty aggressively, and possibly begin endurance at some point, he recommended I not purchase him. He was also sore on his right hind, but the vet suspects THAT leg/hoof is due to a stone bruise or similar from my trail ride on him on Saturday, and is probably temporary. The left front, however, is a deal-breaker.

In the picture of the horse's left side, you can kind of see the dishing/splaying of the left front hoof (though it could be deceiving--his hooves are striped, and there are shadows), but the right hoof is in shadow too much to see very well.

So the search begins again. Anyone know of a 5-15 year old, 15hh+, stocky horse that's sound for pretty heavy trail riding, in Central Oregon? Breed (and whether it's registered), color, and sex don't matter (though if it's a stallion, it won't be for long). I'm even negotiable on the height, as long as it doesn't look ridiculous with my 36" inseam and can carry my 260 lb weight around indefinitely.
    03-14-2012, 09:40 PM
Money well spent, and saved you a lot of heartache. Good luck on your horse hunt.
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    03-14-2012, 09:54 PM
I know, I know. Better the $200+ vet check fee than dealing with a lame horse (the expense, the not being able to ride, and the emotional aspect). This is the second horse I've vetted, and it really sucks to keep paying the vet to tell me NOT to buy horses, but I'm certainly glad I did.
    03-14-2012, 10:49 PM
Dangit, I hate it that he didn't work out, but that perfect horse is out there waiting for you somewhere.
    03-14-2012, 10:53 PM
Originally Posted by sabowin    
I know, I know. Better the $200+ vet check fee than dealing with a lame horse (the expense, the not being able to ride, and the emotional aspect). This is the second horse I've vetted, and it really sucks to keep paying the vet to tell me NOT to buy horses, but I'm certainly glad I did.

You're still money ahead kiddo. I bet there are more than a few out there reading this wishing they had paid the vet beforehand rather than keep paying for him later. Your horse is out somewhere, go find him/her!

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