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    05-10-2010, 02:02 AM
  #11
Weanling
My sentiments exactly WSA, I really hope the owner is being truthful and I'm not doing the 7 hour drive for nothing. But I'm skeptical for sure. If he truly is as presented in the photos, I'll probably steer clear. There has to be a reason that a Warmblood with decent lines hasn't been started by 6.
     
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    05-10-2010, 01:54 PM
  #12
Weanling
My gelding is cow hocked and does fine...so long as it isnt causing them to step on their own feet he should make an ok riding horse BUT for jumping I don't think I would go for it...if its just a little it should be fine but from how you describe the pictures it sounds as though the horse is extremely cow hocked...if that turns out to be the case I wouldnt go for it...
     
    05-10-2010, 01:58 PM
  #13
Trained
I would have to agree with most of the posters. I would for sure get a vet check first, but I would probably pass if it were that extreme.

I understand you can't post the pictures of the horse, but perhaps you can find one online that is similar or close to?
     
    05-12-2010, 04:11 AM
  #14
Weanling
Thanks everyone!

I decided to pass on the gelding. With the market the way it is, I think I could find something with better confirmation with the same price point, perhaps minus the bloodlines, but meh... I'm kind of a stickler for confirmation. Besides, I wasn't looking for another horse, and shouldn't be, this was a one-off opportunity.

Thanks for the 'similiar pic' tip, RiccilOve, I'll remember that for the future. Copyright and Internet and be a tricky combo.
     
    05-13-2010, 05:44 PM
  #15
Trained
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Originally Posted by writer23    
My sentiments exactly WSA, I really hope the owner is being truthful and I'm not doing the 7 hour drive for nothing. But I'm skeptical for sure. If he truly is as presented in the photos, I'll probably steer clear. There has to be a reason that a Warmblood with decent lines hasn't been started by 6.
Yeah, it's a pain. That happened to me. It was about a seven hour drive, too, and I asked if the mares had any visible scars/injuries that would prevent them from showing Halter and they assured me they didn't.
I get there and both mares had wire cuts all over their back legs and one had halter marks along her whole face.
I ended up taking them both home with me, but I was pissed. I wasn't paying cheap, either, and you flat out get lied too? They were too good of horses to pass up, but it makes me wonder about horse people sometimes...
     
    05-13-2010, 06:20 PM
  #16
Weanling
Ugh, WSArabians, that stings. I really wonder about horse people too sometimes. I try to remember there are good people out there as well, but they seem to be going extinct. My coach had someone import a horse from Europe and it was HYPP positive and no, the purchaser was not told about it. But it explains why the stallion was gelded before import. And a lot of imported horses these days have 'lost' papers. Hmmm.
     
    05-14-2010, 04:30 PM
  #17
Trained
Yup, it did. But either way, I ended up with two wonderful mares and I wouldn't trade them for the world now. They've come such a long way. I learned to trust the horse and not the seller. The horse will tell you a lot more truthfully than the seller will.
"Lost" papers, yes. I knew, know of, a horse dealer who will drop a horse's registration papers in order to lie about their breeding (Impressive, usually) or to make them younger, lie about their experiances and there's no way for the buyer to track down previous owners.
Sad, sad state of the world out there sometimes, when horses only mean a 'buck'. :/
     

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