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post #1 of 35 Old 06-27-2009, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Dun Gelding I'm going to look at

I found my dream horse!
Here is his information:
Age= 6
Height= 16hh
Color= Dun
Breed= 3/4 QH 1/4 TB
Uses= Little bit of reining, TONS of trails

Has been used for Beginner lessons horse for 5-10 yr olds. Crosses water like a pro, trailers like a pro, has the temperment of a 20+ yr old ranch horse. Well built and has tons of muscle. Knows leg and rein aids, but can be a bit lazy.

The only problem is that he has foundered in the past... the owners say he has healed 100%.

I was just wondering, is it alot easier for him to founder again, since he's already foundered? And, how would I know if he is 100% sound again?
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post #2 of 35 Old 06-27-2009, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, also, his foundering was caused from being overweight. If that helps :P
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post #3 of 35 Old 06-27-2009, 04:10 PM
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for me, absolutely not! he is only 6 first of all and no matter what his personality is like, he still has the potential to act as young as he is. and foundering at 6? NO WAY! that is an absolute deal breaker. i would move on. this horse does not sound appropriate for you at all.

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post #4 of 35 Old 06-27-2009, 04:16 PM
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well, now i have seen some very mature 6 year olds, that little 5 year olds ride at rodeo's, how well can you ride horseluva? Since he has foundered it would be very easy for him to founder again, and there are also potential hoof problems. Being that age you might have to deal wiht some young-ness but he sounds pretty nice. But the founder thing might be a problem, i would pass, he might be sound now, but in the future could go down hill. My barrel trainer always told me to never buy a horse that has foundered, so i stick with what she told me. Sorry girl, keep looking you will find your horse.... trust me i know how ya feel, not sure if you know any of my horse tryings lol... ugh

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I have been riding for 5 years... I really like him, he sounds like my DREAM HORSE! :( I am looking at him tommorow...

I found on the internet, this powder stuff that you put in horses feed, that protects horses that hae foundered in past against getting it again...

I could also get a vet to look at it...
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I would defiantly get a vet check by a vet you trust.
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post #7 of 35 Old 06-27-2009, 06:41 PM
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Get a vet check. There are a lot of six year old horses out there with good solid foundations on them and good minds. So I wouldn't discount his age until you see him in person. The founder part could be a problem but during the vet check the vet will be able to give you more information.
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make sure you get a hoof xray if they don't have them available to see how much rotation of the bone occurred.

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post #9 of 35 Old 06-27-2009, 08:26 PM
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I don't think that owner knows what he/she's talking about if they said the horse healed 100%. Once a horse has laminitis, he will always have laminitis. There is no cure for it, and they'll always be at risk for foundering. Just because he's sound right now doesn't mean he'll be sound tomorrow. And you couldn't do any serious riding with him, and certainly not on rough or rocky trails or anything like that. Unless you plan on extra farrier bills and a horse that might not even be usable five years from now, I'd reconsider.

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I'd be very wary of this horse. If he founders at 6, what else could be wrong with him? You don't want to have to worry about permanent lameness, rotation of the coffin bone, extremely expensive shoes.. etc. I would take a vet with you to go look at him. As Jessabel said, you may not have a horse in a few years, and it's not wise to do heavy riding on a horse who has foundered in the past.
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