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post #1 of 26 Old 07-24-2010, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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Would you purchase?

I am looking for a horse to simply trail ride and be a part of my family. I looked at a 5 year old gelding today and the horse was very sound. He was docile and I could practically do anything around him. Had a really nice ride as far as walk, trot, a little hesitant on canter. No buck or crowhop . Does not have a clue about a lunge line.. but looked like he could figure it out with work. He is with the original owner and is basically a horse that the kids and his 60 year old wife rides. (i am 52). He wants to sell because the cowboys feel he is too laid back for roping etc.. He has lived on oats, been pastured and the owner says he is 200 pounds underweight. Stands 14.3 hands. Been wormed on schedule. is neg coggins. a few nip marks from other horses. Drawback : never had any vaccinations... I am in texas and the horse is in pasture with 20 others. All his horses looked very well taken care of and this gelding was a real sweetheart. very passive. I did not feel the horse was drugged... but I have encountered all kinds of people during my horse search. I am sending pics.. please advise
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post #2 of 26 Old 07-24-2010, 04:01 PM
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I think his feet might need a little trim.
Hes cute, I would get a vet check before buying him, and if you wanted the vet could check for some drugs (ive heard some drugs are almost none-detectable) but he could check for the most used ones.
If i was looking for just a trail horse to have fun with, I would get him :)

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post #3 of 26 Old 07-24-2010, 04:18 PM
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First, hes adorable! Just my kind of horse. I love in the last picture he looks like he is falling asleep!

Now to the negs...those feet just look weird to me. I know they need a trim but theres just something not right. Too many ridges or something.

The only thing I would worry about is that he is just 5. At 5, theyre still babies. He could be great one day and a ticking bomb the next.

I wouldnt worry too terribly much about the vaccines. If you get him, make sure he gets them before he leaves but if he isnt sick, it shouldnt be a problem.

All in all, I like him.
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post #4 of 26 Old 07-24-2010, 04:24 PM
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I would definitely not call him 200 lbs underweight. He's cute and looks to be in good shape.

Feet just need a bit of trimming.

Vaccines--not a problem, you just get them done.

If he's a reasonable price and meets your riding needs or you feel capable of giving him whatever training you think he needs, go for it.

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post #5 of 26 Old 07-24-2010, 06:47 PM
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I agree with Ryle. His feet need to be trimmed but he certainly doesn't look 200 lbs underweight. Yet again, the pictures could be making him look plumper, but he doesn't look 200 lbs underweight.
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Horse is definitely not 200 lbs overweight...what I see is a horse with decent weight, but in need of some muscling; you can't see his ribs, nor can you see any other bony process sticking out...his skin and coat look nice and shiney, and he has clear eyes. His feet do need some work but, they aren't horrible.

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post #7 of 26 Old 07-25-2010, 04:07 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you. I feel the same about the weight issue. I have been advised by friends and basically hounded that I need to buy a registered horse. This one is not. Basically been a pastured horse on the same property since birth. Currently, I have narrowed my search down between 2 horses and if I don't act they will both sell right underneath me. This has happens a few times so far I am attaching pics of the other horse. This one is an 11 year old gelding 15.3 Arabian/QH. He neck reins, been wormed, understands a lunge line. Rides well, canter a little rough, not shy of cars, noises, people etc. Ground manners excellent. A little more spirited. was owned by a cowboy church camp for 4 years then bought by a guy in the horse/trade sale business 2 weeks ago. This guys turns around a lot of horses in the area. If he cannot sell or thinks one is not sound he immediately goes to auction with it. (the place I hate here). With this guy, you can barely get out there to buy one of his horses before it is sold. I do not know the history only as what he is telling me. Not registered. I talked to 2 great vets in my area and they said that what they see today may be different tomorrow unless having extensive xray scans etc. Both of the horses I am looking at go for the same price. Please give your opinions.. I hope i am makinf sense here as it is 3AM and I cannot sleep. thank you.
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Do you have any other pictures of the second gelding? In the second picture his front left pastern looks to be really out of whack. If the funny angle isn't just the picture or the funny way he's standing I'd be worried about it.

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post #9 of 26 Old 07-25-2010, 05:21 AM
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they look great.... just get a veck chek and other wise they look all good!!
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post #10 of 26 Old 07-25-2010, 05:44 AM
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Personally, I am not fond of arabs-or crosses-just too much for me to handle, in general, and, since they also do endurance, it is not like you can wear them down. Unless you are going to show, I don't understand why your friends want you to get a registered horse? Unless they are thinking resale, which will be a bit more, most likely, but it will also cost more to buy. I liked the first guy, but will say, that the one I just bought is 6, only done trails, also a cross. So, perhaps I am partial. He is wonderful-the trainer LOVES him, very sensible. We are now training him for ring work tho, and if you ever hope to do anything other than trails, you may end up teaching him to bend, etc. Good luck!

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