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post #1 of 16 Old 11-02-2010, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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Need help making a decision?!?

I am looking at this mare for my disabled father. As most of you already know we recently lost his precious DJ. She is 18 years old, 13.2hh, and yes she is spayed. She is trained as a therapy horse for disabled children. She has foundered in the past and is currently recovering from a more recent episode. The guy told me that she is expected to make a full recovery in a couple weeks. The asking price was $350 but due to our special circumstances he indicated that accept $75 and we could pick her up after she has compleated her treatment for the founder.
My question is knowing the chances are pretty good that she may founder again, would you risk buying this horse. Another question is at 13.2hh at least 900lbs, what weight could she comfortably carry?? My dad is 6ft and 250lbs.
Do you have any other advice or recommendations??
I guess I should mention that she is a quarterXwelsh....

I will try to post pics later.....
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post #2 of 16 Old 11-02-2010, 07:26 PM
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I am looking at this mare for my disabled father. As most of you already know we recently lost his precious DJ. She is 18 years old, 13.2hh, and yes she is spayed. She is trained as a therapy horse for disabled children. She has foundered in the past and is currently recovering from a more recent episode. The guy told me that she is expected to make a full recovery in a couple weeks. The asking price was $350 but due to our special circumstances he indicated that accept $75 and we could pick her up after she has compleated her treatment for the founder.
My question is knowing the chances are pretty good that she may founder again, would you risk buying this horse. Another question is at 13.2hh at least 900lbs, what weight could she comfortably carry?? My dad is 6ft and 250lbs.
Do you have any other advice or recommendations??
I guess I should mention that she is a quarterXwelsh....

I will try to post pics later.....
She sounds small hieght and weight for your dad and the founder ill always be an issue. 20% of the horses weight is a guide. I doubt that a 13.2 weighs 900 pds unless she is overweight and then it will be even harder on her. My large 15.3 horse weighs 1040 pds. That is from a scale so not guessing
What is his disability? Have you thought about driving instead of riding?
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post #3 of 16 Old 11-02-2010, 08:17 PM
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I agree, that horse sounds too small for the height/weight of you dad. I don't know what the disability issue is, but if you need a short horse, you will need to get a really strong one, maybe either a stocky QH or a draft/pony cross.
Arab horses are also exceptionally strong for their size. But this sounds dicey to me. Best of Luck.
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Dad had a massive stroke that left his left side compramised...he still wants to ride, and I want to do everything in my power to make that happen. I think that all he needs is to get in the saddle and he will be fine...it will just be getting him IN the saddle. All I really need is a good mounting block so he can get that left leg up.....
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The fonder wouldnt be a huge issue to me, but her size would. I would pass on her personally.

We have NARHA program at my barn, and we have mounting blocks with stairs or ramps which put you so basically you only have to lift your leg over the horse (and not actually have to pull yourself up) Have you considered buying or making one of these? I'll try and find a picture of one.
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I think this pony is too small for a 6' rider. It can be done, but if you have the choice (which you do), then I would get something a little bigger.
I used to be a theraputic riding instructor, so I understand the need of a shorter horse so you can support the rider more easily, but I think you should look for something a little larger.
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Founder will always have long long lasting consequences I think it would be very risky and personally I would not buy the horse GOOD Luck : )
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I really appreciate all the advice....and I think I agree with not getting her. If she were just for my kids then I would have a harder time passing, but I am looking for my dad more
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Thanks Spastic - we have been looking for a design similar to this.

Hey Shea - did you notice how much the mounting ramp Spastic mentioned looks like Mike & Liz's front porch? Bet Mikey could build us one from the scrapwood he gets from work!!!!!!!!!

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