What to look for in a rehab/rescue?

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    05-27-2011, 11:00 AM
What to look for in a rehab/rescue?

I wasn't sure what catagory this thread would fall under, sorry if it is misplaced...

I am deep in preparation to tackle my first rehab/rescue project. At first, I was just going to take on a rehab by finding a cheap unwanted on Craigslist, turn it around, and find it a home that wants it. But now, I think I am going to take on a rescue by heading down to livestock auction, and buying from the Kill Pen.

Obviously these places are not going disclose issues on their horses for auction. What can I look for as a "quick vet" solution when selecting? Health wise? Other than good conformation and a kind eye, what else can I be checking for? Good teeth? Hooves? Check knees and hocks for anything?

I know I am taking on a huge risk, but I want to do it and be FULLY prepared for it going in. Thanks for your help!!
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    05-27-2011, 11:32 AM
Obviously anything showing signs of sickness at the auction is a bad deal. Most, however, probably won't be actively snotting or anything visible like that. If you're able to--and this is unlikely--it wouldn't hurt to get a rectal temperature. Look for listlessness in the eyes or penile flaccidity in geldings/stallions, as these can be signs of a drugged horse. Unfortunately, without a vet exam and/or drug testing, I don't think there's any way to know if a soundness issue is being covered up.

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