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post #1 of 17 Old 11-07-2010, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Question How can you tell if a horse is drugged?

We went to look at a horse for sale today! It was so sweet and super cute! It's a 10 yr. Old quarter horse gelding. So the problem is , we got it out and I brushed him and got him tacked up and he just stood there without being tied up and then I rode him in the ring and he was SO lazy he would hardly move and his owner said that he could ride english and jump but he wouldn't do almost a single thing I asked him! When we got in the car my dad said he thought he was drugged because he just looked a little slow and sleepy but I didn't even notice it until he mentioned it. So my question is how do you tell if a horse is drugged? Because I know there are some horses who WILL just stand there while you tack them up and some that ARE lazy so im not sure which one it was. (also the owner kind of seemed like she was hiding something.) ???????

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post #2 of 17 Old 11-07-2010, 03:45 PM
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I would say go with your gut
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post #3 of 17 Old 11-07-2010, 03:59 PM
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I'd ask for a blood test and get a vet check. If not a trial or a surprise visit, just come by on a day they don't expect without calling them until you are basically in the driveway. If you do come by on a surprise visit or get a trial make sure to have the owner ride first. Most of all if you think something is wrong go with your gut and don't get on!
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If he looks half asleep in a place as crazy as an auction then I would be suspicious. But I've seen horses that have been drugged look alert and still act peppy. Did the horse arrive at the auction a day or two before the actual sale? He may not have gotten any sleep.


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post #5 of 17 Old 11-07-2010, 05:19 PM
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Go with your gut, and like Coyote said, if possible, stop by for a surprise visit. I want to note though, that as I have always had my horses at a boarding facility, its never been a problem if someone just randomly stops by and sees my horse without making an appointment, but I would not be happy if I had my horse at my house, or at a friends house that was not a boarding facility, and someone just randomly came over, without calling, for several reasons, biggest being who knows what I'm doing, and if I'm even home, and I would not want someone on my property when I wasn't there, or couldn't run outside, and be with them.
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he was SO lazy he would hardly move and his owner said that he could ride english and jump but he wouldn't do almost a single thing I asked him!
I personally would pass on this horse. Just for future reference I like to ask the owner to RIDE the horse first. That way if the horse turns out to be crazy- you are not the one being injured.
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If he looks half asleep in a place as crazy as an auction then I would be suspicious. But I've seen horses that have been drugged look alert and still act peppy. Did the horse arrive at the auction a day or two before the actual sale? He may not have gotten any sleep.
Oops, I thought you said you went to a sale like a horse auction. *facepalm*

But still, I know of a trainer who drugs her horses that she sells or the ones she's currently training. She'll drug them before she rides them. *another facepalm*

Have the owner ride the horse first, and then ask her to take him over a few jumps. Make her be the one to ride him first. She could have just been lying about him being able to jump. He might really be just a lazy, grumpy, green horse she wanted to get rid off.


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NEVER ride a horse for sale w/o the seller riding the animal first in front of you.

From what you've said, it sounds like something was wrong. Vets offer blood tests to determine if there are drugs in a horse's system. But I'd stay away from this one.
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post #9 of 17 Old 11-07-2010, 08:12 PM
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Show up unannounced with the excuse that you were in the area and wanted to take a second look. It's free and will get you an answer on their response alone.

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Either go for a surprise visit, take the horse on a trial run for a week, or don't bother buying the horse at all. Our guts are smater than we tend to think they are. Don't ignore it, I would investgate if you really feel the horse was drugged.

And on a side note, ALWAYS make the seller ride the horse first. If they aren't willing to get on the horse, just get in the car and leave. They know what you don't, so don't put your life in danger.
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