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    02-21-2010, 11:36 PM
It is actually called "stringhalt" and here is some more info on it. The Horse | What Is Stringhalt?

It sounds like what you want to use this horse for would not be adversely affected by roaring, but always ALWAYS have a horse vet checked before purchase, as there is a gradation of seriousness with both of these conditions. If the horse is both a roarer and has stringhalt (kind of unclear on your questions, sorry!) I would pass, especially in this market. You can find some pretty great horses in your price range without any soundness issues at all. Best of luck to you!
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    02-22-2010, 08:09 AM
Having ridden a horse who is a roarer I would be very careflu. On going back to his yard he came down with travel sickness brought on through this condition. Due to the fact that it is mainly down to a paralysis of the pharynx it makes the horse extremely susceptible to upper and lower respiratory tract infections. At the end of the day personally I would not buy a roarer. Hope this helps!
    02-22-2010, 07:14 PM
Well now I am really confused. At first I thought, oh ok it's no big deal. Then I read the wikipedia thing and thought 'hmm, he could get upper respiratory infections? That's not good'...maybe I just better not worry about this one. Was just excited because he was really the best 'behaved' horse I have ridden so far. You can tell he's had lots of training, responds to leg very well, bends properly etc...
    02-22-2010, 07:49 PM

If all you want is a pleasure/trail horse, the roaring is no big deal. If you're really concerned, and like the horse enough to buy him, get a vet to scope him and evaulate the severity of the problem and give you a prognosis. The cost of that shouldn't be prohibitive or unreasonable, or in my favorite expression, is cheap for a good night's sleep. If the noise is not loud and obvious, chances are he'll be a sound, happy pleasure horse for the rest of his life.

REALLY, IMO, it's primarily a concern for performance and show horses.
    02-22-2010, 08:17 PM
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In all honesty, it would depend on the extent of the paralyzed tissue. If the affected area is small, it could cause the roar, but not significantly impair his breathing. If the affected area is larger, it could affect the amount of air the horse can get. The harder the horse works, the more air he would need (and not be able to get). This could cause some bad problems.

A vet can tell you, through scoping, just how bad the paralyzed area is and give a good indication of what work he can do. One of my students event horses is a roarer. He has minor paralysis and was deemed sound to event. However, some dressage judges may question the situation, as is their right. They carry a vet's diagnosis to present in such an eventuality.
    02-23-2010, 02:46 PM
My mum's horse is a roarer. It has never been an issue, so it was never operated on. I knew the horse as a 3 year old and he roared then, he's in his early teens now. His stamina is slightly affected, but not to the point where he can't be ridden, shown, etc.. He is fine in the arena, outside, in dusty environments, etc..
He is treated like a normal horse and other than sounding like a dragon and needing a bit more time to "cool out" after a workout he is normal.
I've known other roarers who have had the surgery and it's been 50/50 whether it worked or not.

So, I'd like to echo the advice of getting a vet to examine it, but in my experience fixing the roaring is more of a cosmetic thing, especially for a pleasure horse! The only problem is you can't sneak up to people while riding him :P

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