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post #1 of 8 Old 02-23-2012, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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To buy, or not to buy...

Hey guys <3 So we planned on shopping around for a new horse for as long as it took to find the perfect fit, so that we didnt have on going issues like we did with the last one. The most important thing to me would be a kid proof, beginner safe horse that was ABSOLUTELY BOMB PROOF, and I mean absolutely, not just sort of. I understand these are rare to find, hence our willingness to shop forever and a day if need be :)

So, as soon as Rummy sold I find out that there is a horse for sale at our barn, because the family is being posted (we're a military based stable, military folk and thier families) out to Hawaii or some bloody thing. So they cant take their beloved Quarter Horse, Bailey. They were hoping to find someone who was already a member at our barn, and I just so happen to have an empty stall now and am looking to buy... eventually.

They bought Bailey for their little girl, and he's totally golden when it comes to laid back, tolerant, kid proof, beginner proof, husband proof personality. He's the kind of horse that you could learn to ride on, build confidence on, love to death, would never pile you, or push you around, no matter how novice you were. And hes only 14. Sounds perfect right?

Theres a catch. He's had a rather terrible medical record. Apparently he's had hoof problems, lameness issues, prone to skin conditions, cant be worked "excessively" (no jumping, barrels, that sort of thing) and has had issues with his teeth previously (had an infection or something). Apparently his hoof and lameness issues were connected to our old farrier (who really was a total moron) who didnt shoe him properly. I guess he is "almost 100%" but still, this all kind of concerns me seeing as he's only 14.... They want $2000 for him with all of his tack included.

So... to buy or not to buy? I'm concerned about this medical stuff. Am I going to get a horse thats constantly going to be wracking up a vet/farrier bill? Or is it worth it? I know my hubby would not be pleased about that. I would hate to go from behavioral issues with one horse to excessive medical issues in another...

So his pros:
  • Hes exactly what we want personality wise. He's kind, gentle, something Jeff could learn on too.
  • Hes great on trails and indoors.
  • Great with kids and Novice riders, forgiving, tolerant.
  • He's already approved at our stable, so we would skip the vet analysis, coggins test and quarantine phase (they're very strict at this military
  • Hes already comfy at this place.
  • Comes with tack.

  • Ugly medical history. Is he gunna be lame all the time?
  • Not an easy keeper. Needs alot more TLC.. aka money..
  • Cant jump. This wouldn't be so bad only... in a short time when I am ready to start jumping again (which is my goal) I wont be able to. So no real progression other than confidence wise. Which means I'd have to find yet another horse, or stay rather stagnant on this one until he.. well.. dies pretty much. If I fall in love with his personality we'll keep him till the end. We cant afford to keep two horses. So.. yea. Thats the situation we're looking at.

What do you think? Is it worth it?

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post #2 of 8 Old 02-23-2012, 05:08 PM
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Personally, I would keep looking. Health issues/constant lameness are not something you want to deal with. The vet bill adds up very quickly and you may not be able to use him that often riding wise...
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post #3 of 8 Old 02-23-2012, 05:30 PM
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I would also keep looking. It sounds to me as if you're just needing some confidence, but once you have it- you won't be content just hacking around for ten or more years. And then theres the vet bills. Even if you arent using the same farrier now, the previous farrier may of done a lot of damage...some that might appear later on. He'll probably need joint medication, corrective shoes, suppliments, and high quality food as he gets older, just to name a few things. Especially if he's a hard keeper in his PRIME at age 14.

Is there any way that you could lease him? He sounds like a good temporary basic-basic ego booster, but I just dont really see him staying as sound as he needs to be later on.

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post #4 of 8 Old 02-23-2012, 05:46 PM
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After having just spent the last 2 years with a horse that was terribly accident prone, I would steer clear. I spent into the 10's of thousands of dollars on Hugo, trying to fix hock issues, illness issues and soft tissue issues. I ended up having him put to sleep a month ago, it was not fair on him to keep up with constant treatment.

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post #5 of 8 Old 02-23-2012, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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I have to agree with you guys, i'll keep looking, I guess i was on the fence about it seeing as his personality is so perfect, but yes... i agree... the medical history worries me just a little too much. Apparently his teeth and general medical issues were due to some serious neglect from the previous owner and they've been "fixing him up", but I think that initial neglect might have really set him on the wrong path. At first, I thought he was 20 by the way he looked.... and I was kind of mortified to find out he was only 14! :S Thanks guys... the majority of people I talk to are giving me the same opinion. I think we'll keep looking until we find one thats 100%.

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post #6 of 8 Old 02-23-2012, 07:01 PM
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My boy was only 7 when I got him, and also 'perfect'. A stunning temperament, hugely trainable, unbelievale paces and a fantastic ability to collect. He was going to be my next dressage horse, I had offers in double figures for him even straight off the track, everybody thought he was a warmblood.
Guess I should have gotten a full work up of xrays done on him with how much time he'd spent on the track, but I was blinded by how ideal he was, when I'd been looking for 2 years for a suitable horse, was looking for a well bred warmblood and ended up with another ottb, because he was just perfect.
I will now, NEVER again buy a horse with soundness issues. I was not aware of the issues with Hugo, but if I was aware of chronic issues, I would be backpeddeling far, far away!!!

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post #7 of 8 Old 02-23-2012, 10:55 PM
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I have to agree with everybody. His soundness, or lack of, will leave you feeling like you absolutely didn't get the perfect horse. And I darn sure wouldn't pay that much for him! Will you be able to afford him through the next 14 years? I woudln't do it!
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-24-2012, 02:10 AM
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coggins still needs to be done every year at least. And for an old QH with lameness and medical issues, $2000 is outrageous.
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