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    11-07-2013, 06:09 PM
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Foal
arthritis

I had a PPE done on a 9 year old horse I want to purchase and sadly the xrays came back with mild arthritis of tarsal-crural joint bilaterally. The vet said it's very mild and this is very common in horses and this would not stop her from buying the horse. I am not planning on competing or anything. Mostly just doing flatwork and small jumps (up to 2'3). Would this be a dealbreaker to you? Should I offer less than the agreed price now that I know about this pre-existing condition?
     
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    11-07-2013, 06:33 PM
  #2
Trained
Nope, no deal breaker, and I would find out how much the horse has been ridden. The more you ride an slightly arthritic horse, the less the arthritis is a problem. Same for humans as well, the more you move, the more synovial fluid gets moving and the arthritis is alleviated.
     
    11-07-2013, 06:51 PM
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Foal
The horse hasn't been ridden much because the owner doesn't have time. The horse is also stalled most of the time so I'm sure that doesn't help in this situation.
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