04-08-2012, 08:39 AM
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I bought my haflinger knowing he had sticky stifles. We weren't going to be using him for shows and I felt an instant connection to him. He has a pocket personality and is such a lover. Our vet came out and did a pre-purchase exam and said that since I am only using him for trail and pleasure riding, I wouldn't need to have injections done. He did tell me to swell the stifles once a month for the first 2 months using green palmolive dishwashing soap and then make sure he got a regular workout. Since I only make it out to the barn on the weekends during the school year, I have a friend who works him on Tuesday's and Thursday's. Our vet said that trotting is a better work out then a canter so we trot for at least 30 minutes every work out. Once the weather gets nicer, I will have him out on trail working those hills.
I expect at sometime, he might have to get the injections but I don't regret my decision to buy him. I can't see my life being complete with out :)