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post #11 of 15 Old 08-13-2013, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Elana View Post
That is a horse born to be lame. Her hind legs are over angled and she is severely sickle hocked and very light in bone. She is over at the knee in front and it looks like she has an issue with the right knee.

To add to her troubles she is trimmed with low heels and long toes.

I suspect this horse is developing spavins. I look at this horse and can only think that if she is always uncomfortable the kindest thing may be to put her down. I know that is not a popular thing but to live in discomfort is not a fun life. Maybe not now.. but this is a horse that won't improve with time. Keeping her out 24/7 will decrease her discomfort.. so see how it goes.. but horses are expensive to just keep around and at 11 you are looking at a lot of money and a lot of years.
We've had her he whole life as just a pasture pet No one really did anything with her. And we're keeping an old retired Appaloosa until the day we put her down, I have no trouble with costs, and yes, putting her down would be probably my best option, I am definitely not against that. The good ol' .22 might have to see the light of day again
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post #12 of 15 Old 08-13-2013, 11:12 AM
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I'm really terrible at judging conformation...but she's cute! xD
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post #13 of 15 Old 08-13-2013, 01:36 PM
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she is definitely very sweet looking. It is a good thing she is in good hands and not with someone who is going to work her hard and not care. If she will be in pain and have trouble just being a horse, then the e word may be the kindest thing to do. :( if you can get her pasture sound without her being in constant pain, then she can definitely just be an elderly couple's or lonely horse's best friend!
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my best friend is my arabian. People always tell me that he's the calmest horse they've ever seen. i tell them he's an arabian. and they are surprised :)
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post #14 of 15 Old 08-13-2013, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by TrailBlazin View Post
The good ol' .22 might have to see the light of day again

Hope you're joking with that last part

But yes, if you can't get her sound as a pasture horse, putting her down would be the best option. I would definitely try supplements and stop even attempting riding her, her legs don't look fit to carry her own weight, let alone a rider's.

Have you had a vet out to give their opinion?
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post #15 of 15 Old 08-14-2013, 12:28 AM
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She looks uncomfortable to me in those pictures. I'm glad you are sensitive to her issues.
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