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        10-06-2009, 08:12 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    My only problem is if I cannot get her then that's a hundred dollars down the drain. And I don't really have an income right now. I can't afford to spend a hundred dollars on nothing. So I'm thinking about spending the money I have for ehr and sending my gelding ( I have no idea of his capabilities except that he is ridable) to the trainer for a tune up and ground work. I don't ride him cause he's spooky. I used to ride a spooky horse and I ended up on the ground knocked out (more than once), so I'm not doing that again.
         
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        10-06-2009, 10:18 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    You're not really spending it on nothing. I have spent the hundred on many horses that failed the exam with some health issue. Personally knowing I'm getting a healthy horse is work it.

    Don't mean to be rude or anything, but if you can't afford to spend $120ish for a simple vet exam, how could you afford a vet charge if something happens to your current horse or something like that?
         
        10-06-2009, 10:38 PM
      #13
    Trained
    My standy has a hunters bump and never has shown an issue with it. When she was racing it didn't bother her either. My farrier knows another horse with one also and again, no problems.

    If you are uncertain, I would not buy the horse. Too much time and money invested in a horse to take on a maybe unless you are willing to deal with the possible issues.
         
        10-07-2009, 02:08 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    Savvyhearts is right. Also not trying to be at all rude, I know $120 is a lot of money but if you can't afford that to ensure you don't end up with an unuseable horse that you are still responsible for, you won't be able to pay for a vet exam once your horse needs health care. $120 wouldn't pay for farrier care and worming for a two month period let alone all the costs that will be coming up over the next year. If you are going to take on a horse the vet check exam is a drop in the bucket compared with what you need to have stashed away in case of emergency. Maybe you can lease a horse until your financial situation allows you to afford to own one?
         
        10-07-2009, 02:17 AM
      #15
    Trained
    Ugh, I hate the "if you can't afford..." argument. Just because you can't afford something OPTIONAL doesn't mean you can't afford a horse. There are tons of options out there for financial aid if something comes up. Sure, it's nice to have money saved up, and I will always recommend it, but it really isn't PRACTICAL to assume that everyone should have money saved up. That argument just irks me to no end. I do not have a dollar to my name, but my horses are well fed and current on all their vet and farrier work. I will STARVE to keep my horse's healthy. I just think that as long as the animal is properly cared for and happy, that's all that should matter.
         
        10-07-2009, 08:04 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    I will be able to handle any issues should they arise. My parents will not buy another horse (or sell the 2 we don't ride) but if I were to buy a horse I know that they would help with vetrinary need should she get hurt. Also our horses are barefoot and we do our own trimming. They are on pasture and hay and do not get feed. And they are fat and happy. The get regular worming and taken care of when accidents happen. We don't take them to the vet for every little thing. We can do alot of it by ourselves. And my sister worked at a large animal clinic for a long time and is inspiring to become a vet so she has alot of knowledge on the subject as well. But anyways I have decided I am not going to buy the mare. I have realized my want for a dependable trail horse was blocking my rational thinking. I know now that I really wasnt all that attracted to her in the first place.
         
        10-07-2009, 10:46 PM
      #17
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
    Ugh, I hate the "if you can't afford..." argument. Just because you can't afford something OPTIONAL doesn't mean you can't afford a horse. There are tons of options out there for financial aid if something comes up. Sure, it's nice to have money saved up, and I will always recommend it, but it really isn't PRACTICAL to assume that everyone should have money saved up. That argument just irks me to no end. I do not have a dollar to my name, but my horses are well fed and current on all their vet and farrier work. I will STARVE to keep my horse's healthy. I just think that as long as the animal is properly cared for and happy, that's all that should matter.
    Ricci -- THANK YOU! Well said. I too hate it when people say "if you can't afford..." There is so much more involved and someone from the outside looking in can't know the full picture.
         

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