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    09-28-2010, 04:55 PM

I was wondering if anyone had ever had a horse with OCD before? I have been offered a 17.3hh Thoroughbred he's only 5 and has a 3000 operation to remove the bone chip which formed because of his rapid growth, he's been in work and never been lame, he's free to a good home so I was just wondering what other peoples experiences were with it?
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    09-28-2010, 05:11 PM
He's already had the operation? Then it's unlikely he'll have any more OCD related problems.

At 5 y/o, he's pretty much finished growing.

If you like him and he works well for you, I'd have him vetted and xrayed, and if he comes up clean, I'd take him home.
    09-28-2010, 05:25 PM
Ok thanks, just wondered as the woman who owns him now said he can never be galloped or jumped, but everything i've read about it says people can still event horses with it :)
    09-28-2010, 05:28 PM
Oh, sure. It's not a chronic condition. Once it's been identified and taken care of, the likelihood of it reoccurring is slim. It's basically a foal condition.
    09-28-2010, 06:08 PM
Actually, yes OCD is a developmental problem but having had the surgery to fix it does not mean that he'll remain sound. As he is a free horse I say go for it, but I would never pay much for a horse who'd had a repair. The prognosis long term is variable depending on the extent of the OCD lesion, how long it was left before repair, and whether or not there was other joint involvement. We always give a guarded prognosis on horses who have this surgery at our hospital. Some do wonderfully and have a competitive life. Others go lame at the drop of a hat once they return to work. Like I said, he's free (and we all know just how much a free horse can cost us in the long run right? Haha!) so you wouldn't be out much if he ended up not being useable, and you just might get a great horse out of the deal! All the best.
    09-28-2010, 07:52 PM
It's not the purchase price of a horse that determines how much it will cost in the end.
Just because the horse has had a chip removed, doesn't mean that there aren't or won't be more. It also does not guarantee soundness. I would be prepared to extensively vet check the horse in lieu of the purchase price if I were to buy the horse.
I would be very wary.

Good luck!
    09-28-2010, 11:23 PM
Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
It's not the purchase price of a horse that determines how much it will cost in the end.
yes that was sort of the point of my quip. I have many "free" animals, they're all the most expensive ones. Though it sounds like the OP is just looking for a pleasure horse to hack around on, but I might have just made that up in my head. And you're right Anebel, always get a pre-purchase, even if it is a free horse.

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