Okay so I know someone who is selling her horse and looking to get a new one. She is specifically looking at a Hanov w/stringhalt. She talked to her trainer and her trainer said she thought the horse was a great deal b/c his price is less due to the stringhalt and that it shouldnít be a major issue. She is working with her trainer on focusing on jumpers and eq, and as her horse is terrified over fences (he just lacks training & confidence imo), the new Hanov will be better for it. She also said her trainer told her that stringhalt is common in WBs and itís really not anything to be too concerned with.
Now thatís completely different from what Iíve learned and read, along with my own personal experiences. In college we had a WB that had stringhalt and heíd warm up out of it some, but was very limited in colder weather as to how much he could do (if anything at all) under saddle. Iíve also read that itís usually from trauma or nerve damage and is not genetic or predisposed to any breed or type. It can be caused by overjumping when young or out of condition, and it can sometimes get better if caught early, but usually is permanent and can worsen with age and cold weather. All this is similar to what I was able to find on thehorse.com.
So is it me? Or should a horse with stringhalt not be jumped, let alone used for jumpers??? I just wanted to find out if Iím out of my mind or if you guys had any other info to share on stringhalt and jumpers. Thanks!!!