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    05-25-2012, 08:22 PM
  #11
Trained
Am I the only one that is howling with laughter at his description?

That is a seriously nice looking horse, and COULD be a real steal for someone with the time, money and know how to rehab him.

I can see why you want him Cinny, not sure he is right for you and what you want though.
     
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    05-25-2012, 08:36 PM
  #12
Showing
From the way his front leg are thrust forward I'm wondering if there are hoof issues. Be sure the seller trots him out a few times. Also have him walk the horse then turn him fairly tight, both ways. If he shuffles or hops, definite hoof issues. Besides feed, that could entail xrays and or rehab. Shoing. Pick his tail up and see if he offers any resistance. If very little, he could be loaded on drugs.
Cinnys Whinny and nvr2many like this.
     
    05-25-2012, 08:37 PM
  #13
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
Am I the only one that is howling with laughter at his description?

That is a seriously nice looking horse, and COULD be a real steal for someone with the time, money and know how to rehab him.

I can see why you want him Cinny, not sure he is right for you and what you want though.
I know, but my heart is just ACHING for the poor guy. This is how I envision it... I take him in, I give him groceries, necessary vetting. He hangs out and just gets to be a horse of leisure for a while. As he becomes physically able, my trainer works with him. Meanwhile, I ride the lesson horses at my new stable. After about 6 months or so, with the help of my trainer we decide if he is right for me, or should just be re-homed and I look for something else.

It's a great big CHANCE to take, I know. I have a pull at my heart to at least look at the guy in person.

I HAVE notified all of our local no-kill shelters. There has recently been a HUGE rescue (around 50 horses) but maybe one of them can find space or a home. I'm still trying to get the word out that he is here and what his current situation is.
     
    05-25-2012, 09:15 PM
  #14
Started
Flicka looked way worse than that, we took her to save her life, and expected nothing of her in return. She turned out an awesome horse, but even if she had not it was worth it. Go for it.
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    05-25-2012, 09:29 PM
  #15
Started
Bones was worse than the horse you are looking at, he was 21 years old. I am lucky to work for the vet since my costs were a bit cheaper,but it was still expensive. I think it cost about $2,000 my cost in vet bills, worming, dental work, feed(senior feed at 14 pounds a day), blood work, (he was very anemic from starvation, which was his only issue, his owner was just not feeding him at all)blood builder, special baths because his skin was falling off, hay and the grass he was eating at our home. We did not have to pay board, thank goodness.
It took about 6 months for Bones to get back into ridable shape so his back would support a saddle with no bones showing, he was a sweetheart from day one.
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    05-25-2012, 09:43 PM
  #16
Trained
You board your horses don't you Cinny? I would worry about having him in a boarding situation, not for lack of care, but that is just another added cost to put into the equation.

Time to be just a little selfish, or realistic.....sit down and ask yourself what you REALLY want, if you want to be serious about dressage then decide how you are going to get there, and go for it....I have just kind of done that, sold a whole bunch of horses so I can concentrate on just 2 who I hope will get me where I want to be.

This guy MAYBE what you want, could well be a diamond in the rough, but unless you have the skill, money and time, he wont get polished to where he needs to be.

If you want to rehab him, go for it, but be clear about your goals, short, medium and long term, BEFORE your heart writes a check that the rest of you can't cash
     
    05-25-2012, 09:49 PM
  #17
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
You board your horses don't you Cinny? I would worry about having him in a boarding situation, not for lack of care, but that is just another added cost to put into the equation.

Time to be just a little selfish, or realistic.....sit down and ask yourself what you REALLY want, if you want to be serious about dressage then decide how you are going to get there, and go for it....I have just kind of done that, sold a whole bunch of horses so I can concentrate on just 2 who I hope will get me where I want to be.

This guy MAYBE what you want, could well be a diamond in the rough, but unless you have the skill, money and time, he wont get polished to where he needs to be.

If you want to rehab him, go for it, but be clear about your goals, short, medium and long term, BEFORE your heart writes a check that the rest of you can't cash
This is part of why I am writing this, to get realistic figures on what it may run me as well as thoughts and opinions. Doing this means letting go of Cinny or at least leasing him out to someone so it is a big step. I know a boarding facility means more money, but at the same time there is a person who has already rehabilitated a few neglected OTTB's on hand for help that is willing to give time to this. If I had my own place I may have to pay a trainer to come out and help me so...it might not matter as much.

As for Dressage, I have already resigned myself to working with the lesson horses at my new barn for the next 6 months no matter which horse I have... Cinny, a rescue, none and save up for a bomb of a dressage horse.... I think it's just where I need to go for the next 6 months if I am going to go anywhere with dressage.
     
    05-25-2012, 09:54 PM
  #18
Weanling
The first thing I notice in the pictures is the way he is standing. He seems to be shifting his weight the same way in each picture, that worries me a little bit. He may have some soundness issues that may only be able to be confirmed with x rays.
     
    05-25-2012, 10:17 PM
  #19
Weanling
He does look like a very nice horse though and if it were me who was interested in him, I would go and see him and if I could find no obvious reasons why he may not work out for me I would take my chances and take him home with me. That being said, I do have my own place with the space to do so, I wouldn't have to be paying board. I'm not so sure I would take my chances if I had to be paying board as well.
     
    05-25-2012, 10:18 PM
  #20
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Originally Posted by HorsesAreMyPassion    
The first thing I notice in the pictures is the way he is standing. He seems to be shifting his weight the same way in each picture, that worries me a little bit. He may have some soundness issues that may only be able to be confirmed with x rays.
That's why I want to look at him first. What I see in the shots is a weak and unsteady horse from lack of food and possibly water to the point he can barely stand and tends to lean or sway to stay upright. I plan to watch him walk, trot and turn each direction. One of the pictures he does look like he may have a rotated coffin bone...if this is the case then I may just have to pass and keep up my efforts finding a rescue to take him instead. It might just be the picture.
     

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