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  • Riding the slightly arthritic horse

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    11-07-2013, 06:09 PM

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
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
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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