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post #31 of 43 Old 09-26-2008, 12:27 AM
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That is not a healthy weight for any horse, even a thoroughbred. You should never be able to see the ribs so easily (I can literally count them). I would talk to her vet directly or ask the woman to get her medical history from the vet for you.
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post #32 of 43 Old 09-26-2008, 07:04 AM
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Trial is a good thing. However with this horse you won't be able to magically put enough weight on her in one week. It'll probably take 2-3 months (because you have to do it gradually, not just the horse with 20 lbs of grain a day to gain the weight :) ). Frankly in her condition I wouldn't even ride her (or at least do 15-20 mins the max couple times a week walk some trot only). These all mean you won't be really able to "trial" the horse.
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post #33 of 43 Old 09-26-2008, 04:16 PM
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For 500 with tack, if she passes a vet check, I would take her. If you got the trial, take her out on trails, where she might see unexpected scaries and see how she reacts. If she just blows and walks on, shes great. There are a lot of concerns that people will watch out for, but what if this is THE horse for you? I wouldn't let the weight issue hold you back. You can still ride her and she will pick up weight while you have her with the proper care. If it turns out that she may not be perfect, you can work out the probs, or find her the perfect home that will be WAY better than just selling her to anyone, you know? Just my opinion, hope everything works out!
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post #34 of 43 Old 12-04-2008, 06:57 PM
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Did she used to race? She looks alot like Sally(who is a retired race horse)......exept for her front legs.

She's skinny like Sally was and has a longer back (like Sally as well)

I thought only race horses had tatoo's on their lips?

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post #35 of 43 Old 12-05-2008, 07:34 AM
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I think she is very skinny. She def needs muscle and weight gain. Shes a beautiful horse, but as Kansas Twister said, there is something I would keep my eye out for. Have you gone to look at her yourself?

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post #36 of 43 Old 12-05-2008, 09:13 AM
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Be careful. I can tell you fattening up a skinny TB mare can drastically change their personality. Even though she is much older than mine I predict she could be a new horse after some weight gain. (you seem to have already been through this) hate to generalize but TBs are often unpredictable. If you have no issue being "stuck" with the horse if she doesn't work out then go ahead and get her, but if it would be a strain on you for feed and vet,etc I would be careful. Not sure where you are but where I am it can be tough even giving away a horse. GOOD LUCK and let us know how it goes
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post #37 of 43 Old 12-05-2008, 09:18 AM
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also be careful if she is sending mixed signals. I called about a lesson pony allegedly bomb proof. when I called the owner and said I was looking for a quiet beginner lesson pony she sort of hesitated. Then she suggested I look next door at another barn as well. She was new to the area so couldn't give me directions to where she was. I called the barn next door. The lady told me that the pony I was originally going to look at was already sold, but that the lady who bought her was unhappy because he kept bucking off her kids.

I don't know who was telling the truth but fact is we just don't always know what people are telling us is for real. Any contradiction or hesitation sends up a signal to me. Maybe she was just being honest. I guess what I am saying is yeah $500 is cheap but do you want to be stuck with her?
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post #38 of 43 Old 12-05-2008, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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yeah she ended up being sold and i was getting mixed signals from the owner.

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post #39 of 43 Old 12-05-2008, 02:52 PM
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probably worked out for the best. I know it seems like you won't get a good horse that cheap but the right one will come along.
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post #40 of 43 Old 12-05-2008, 03:46 PM
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She needs a few hundred pounds, and a ferrier that knows what they are doing. Ask her when the last time her feet where trimmed where, because she's standing on her front toes. Which forces her knees forward and will make her trip up alot. Bigginner horses are not skittish. It doesn't work like that. Beginner horses are calm. Responsive horses that have been trained well but sometimes get spooked are not the same as beginner horses. If you know what to do when a horse spooks and snorts, you'll be fine. If you don't stay in a ring until you learn. To many of us learn the hard way. She looks like my first horse, who was sold to me as dead broke and calm. He was green and paranoid, as well as doped when we picked him up. Bring and vet out with you to visit and ride her before you purchase.
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