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post #1 of 39 Old 05-09-2012, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Would you buy a horse with a lump on his neck?

I'm looking at this horse, to re-train and sell on as a all-rounder.

But he has a lump/scar thing on his neck (photo - Dexter picture by roxflop - Photobucket )
The lady that owns him has only had him for a year and said it's been there the whole time and in winter it shows more (in summer she said it just looks like a scar) It's located lower on his neck closer to his head. Doesn't bother him at all. Kinda seems like there is something in there.

anyway - I don't mind the lump, but because I would be selling him 10 odd weeks down the track, would I not be able to sell him for as much or have as many people look at him?

Would you buy him?!

info - 14.2-3hh Stock horse x Chestnut 3 Stockings and a blaze, no buck bite bolt or rear, floats, stands while tied, hooves are good, shoes not needed. Perfect for someone who wants to compete and have fun, 1st or 2nd horse. Soft mouth - $4000 neg.

(photo of him now - Dexter picture by roxflop - Photobucket

(he has no muscle atm, fluffy, scruffy and yeah, hasn't been touched in 12 months) so Imagine him in 10 weeks with daily attention (brushing, and muscle building))

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 39 Old 05-09-2012, 10:32 PM
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Nope, not him anyway. Beside the lump you pointed out, he has what looks like some kind of an issue with his neck that is not from lack of muscling, and he does not stand well. That's too many little things for my choice.
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yeah - like I said, try and imagine him in 10 weeks or so, with muscle in the correct places. and personally I think his standing fine, his on a little uphill, but I thought he had pretty good confo.
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As I said, the neck issue is not about muscling. This is not a money-making proposition here. Unless of course you sell him to somebody who knows nothing about horses and you can still sleep at night knowing you scammed them and the horse might not be properly cared for due to ignorance... Ya, all around, this is a bad idea.

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No. Are you prepared to have a vet out and look at it and deal with a potential huge issue so you have the answers to tell somebody? I wouldn't buy a horse with an unidentified 'lump' unless the owner could tell me EXACTLY what it was, and have vet records to prove it. I think you would use a a lot of value. How much work does he need on him that you'll be able to finish in 2 months? He looks a little wormy to me too... overall I don't really like him.
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his practically a really good horse that hasn't been ridden in a year selling for cheap. I've done it before, I train and sell horses. but yeah, I think i'll pass on him.

Thanks everyone,
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Is it possible that the lump is from a snake bite? I've never dealt with anything like that before but the two "holes" make me wonder. That alone wouldn't make me rule him out (though it would be something for the vet to have a look at before money changes hands for sure). Not really enough to go on otherwise, I agree the neck looks strange but the picture angle could be distorting things...his belly makes me wonder about worms/sand buildup. I don't know the horse market or even the currency differences in Australia at all, so I have no clue if $4000 is a lot or not - here he miiight go for a quarter of that if he is indeed a good quiet horse for a kid to plug around on. If you're looking for a resale project I would keep looking.
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Thanks Gremmy - defiantly not a snake bits - would have to be a huge snake! and there are no anacondas around here! I've decided to keep looking. thanks
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No way. That horse has a horribly straight shoulder and a thick coarse throatlatch on his unfortunate body and we cant even see his back or a good angle on his back end. He might have a nice personality but he isnt for resale.

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