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post #1 of 6 Old 09-26-2011, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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New OTTB with a new gimp? Are these common with new off the track TB's?

I aquired a horse from my vet on Friday that just raced on 9/8. He is sweet and quick to learn--very patient (a perfect personality). My trainer, after riding him for the second time said she feels a "gimp" in possible front right leg. As I am not that good at seeing these types of negative movement, the trainer said she definatley felt it. As she pushed him to trot, he put his ears back and was hesitant to go forward. I called the vet, he stated he has not ever had a soundness issue or gimp, and to ride him more as we are asking him to do something he has never done before. Any advice?

I am new to OTTB, and do not want to be stuck--I have until Friday to keep him or let him go back.
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-26-2011, 10:03 AM
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If he has a 'gimp' now, it'll probably only get worse.

There are plenty of sound TBs just off the track. No sense wasting your time on one who may or may not stay sound for any length of time.

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post #3 of 6 Old 09-26-2011, 11:40 AM
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Have a different vet check him out, your trainer could be wrong, or your vet might be biased since you got the horse from him.
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post #4 of 6 Old 09-26-2011, 11:45 AM
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I'd be pretty unsatisfied with a vet who says a horse couldn't possibly have any lameness just because he's never had problems with it before. The horse could have easily injured himself out in the field or even in his stall since he got there, and telling you to just keep working him without even coming out to look at him seems like a recipe for disaster.

I'd have a good vet or farrier take a look at him. Preferably not the vet who you acquired him from, since that vet seems to have a vested interest in you keeping the horse.
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-26-2011, 05:28 PM
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Yeah, I'd check the hoof and see if maybe is just a little bruise from tearing around in a paddock with new found freedom. If a second vet also thinks it's a leg thing, I would pass for a sound OTTB. Like others said, there of plenty of sound ones. No need to waste your money or fall for a horse you cannot ride.

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post #6 of 6 Old 09-26-2011, 09:15 PM
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Agree with above. Some vet, that one.
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