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    08-25-2010, 04:17 PM
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Weanling
Exclamation Navicular Changes-To Buy or Not To Buy?

I found a horse that I am in love with, she's out of a Hanoverian mare and by State of the Art, and looks exactly like him. She's 8, was bred once and started on dressage training a month ago, was ridden on trails before that. She's uber fancy, listens well, and is a fast learner. Her trainer brought her out to my barn for a pre-purchase exam, everyone hoping she would be able to stay there. Unfortunately the vet found mild navicular changes in one of her hooves. He said on a scale of 1-10 she was at a 2. What are your thoughts? The very honest vet said that if she had more training he wouldn't hesitate to buy her, but she is quite green. I do have a lower budget, and they're only asking $4,000 though if we got her we would definitely offer less. My trainer who I very much trust wasn't able to be at the vet check, but when she heard she still wanted me to consider the mare because she has so much potential. I'm so torn, help!
     
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    08-25-2010, 04:25 PM
  #2
Weanling
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Originally Posted by sixlets    
I found a horse that I am in love with, she's out of a Hanoverian mare and by State of the Art, and looks exactly like him. She's 8, was bred once and started on dressage training a month ago, was ridden on trails before that. She's uber fancy, listens well, and is a fast learner. Her trainer brought her out to my barn for a pre-purchase exam, everyone hoping she would be able to stay there. Unfortunately the vet found mild navicular changes in one of her hooves. He said on a scale of 1-10 she was at a 2. What are your thoughts? The very honest vet said that if she had more training he wouldn't hesitate to buy her, but she is quite green. I do have a lower budget, and they're only asking $4,000 though if we got her we would definitely offer less. My trainer who I very much trust wasn't able to be at the vet check, but when she heard she still wanted me to consider the mare because she has so much potential. I'm so torn, help!
My first instinct would be no as it's only going to get worse........but in order to make a informed decision I would want an opinion of a specialist first.

Super Nova
     
    08-25-2010, 04:29 PM
  #3
Showing
With a horse that has Navicular or Navicular Syndrome, hoof care can make all the difference in the world. My horse Flash was diagnosed as a 5 year old and was completely lame at his old owner's. We got him and after some very intensive hoof care and a bit of time, he was back to his old self. He was completely sound and ended up having a very successful show career in reining, roping, and some other events. After we stopped showing, he was a good trail/ranch horse for a lot of years until both my brother and I graduated to younger, greener horses. He was the faithful mount for my Step-mom and any kids who wanted to ride for years and years until he started to get arthritis in his shoulders and hocks. He was retired a few years ago in his early 20's but he is still pasture sound.

A horse can still be productive with navicular but the question is if you really want to deal with a horse that may need such time intensive and possibly expensive maintenance.
     
    08-25-2010, 05:08 PM
  #4
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by Super Nova    
My first instinct would be no as it's only going to get worse........but in order to make a informed decision I would want an opinion of a specialist first.

Super Nova
We have some outstanding "leg men" for vets in state. SHe may of had one of them for the exam.
     
    08-25-2010, 05:11 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Personally? Uh-uh, no way. Although it may not be all that serious and may be treatable, only time will tell and are you willing to take that risk? There are plenty of sound horses for sale out there, I would vote that you keep looking - you'll find another horse that is worthy of your love!

Edit: Just read that your budget is $4000 - absolutely no way!
     
    08-25-2010, 05:24 PM
  #6
Trained
My gut feeling would be "No"...treatment can prolong soundness, but it's not a guarentee, as every horse will respond differently to the various treatments available. I personally wouldn't take the risk on a horse that is being purchased; now if it was my own horse already? I would treat, and if treatment didn't work well, I would rehome the horse to a home where he could live out his days as a companion, or light riding type horse. I did that with a QH I had; treatment only made him a little more comfortable, and I couldn't afford to keep a pasture/light riding horse, as well as a horse I could actively trail ride and compete with.
     
    08-25-2010, 05:58 PM
  #7
Trained
Having been a position of having a limited budget, and buying a horse with mild navicular because his condition made him affordable, my advice is DON'T DO IT. I broke my heart and my wallet over that guy, he was the most awesome horse but we constantly struggled with shoeing, drugs, rest and exersise to keep him sound.

Even when he was sound I was worried about him being lame

As others have said you CAN manage the condition, and she may well do a great job for you for years to come, but equally well you may end up with an uber fancy lawn mower. The uncertaintity of it would be enough for me to say pass
     
    08-25-2010, 06:12 PM
  #8
Weanling
Thank you all for your advice, I'll definetly take it into consideration. I'll probably keep looking. And Sarahver, my budget isn't $4000, that was her price, my budget is higher, but it's extremely hard to find a dressage horse for anything less, at least in MN. Thanks again everyone!
     
    08-25-2010, 06:30 PM
  #9
Started
I'm not trying to change your mind about making a decision but watch my friend's mare.She was diagnosed with Navicular as a 4yr old and she still runs awesome poles runs and she CONSISTANTLY pulls first place ribbons in barrels with a time of 19-20 seconds each time....and if you watch this horse POUNDS her front feet...her navicular problems are in her right front hoof.


They have these interesting (and not too expensive shoes on her) they are rubber wedges under a normal shoe and she is doing beautifully. Also would you believe that this horse is turning 27 this year? All horses are different. Crystal never came up lame from the navicular and she is not on any pain medication, because she's not in pain. Just like people all horses are different and if caught early and taken care of properly a horse with navicular can have a very happy and comfortable competetive riding career.
     
    08-25-2010, 11:20 PM
  #10
Weanling
Dang, that horse is fast Phantom! I'm more siding with you, we're actually putting an offer in on her tomorrow! It'll either be a stupid mistake or the best choice ever, I guess I'll wait and see :)
     

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