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    07-20-2009, 11:04 AM
New Horse!!

Okay, so I know I said I didn't want a Thoroughbred but.....
There is a girl at my barn that had 2 OTTB's at another farm that she got from a friend that couldn't take care of them and since I really wanted another horse, one that was a lot calmer than Donna, she said I could choose between her two TB's. The one is a really cute mare but she was too high sprung for me so I tried the gelding and fell in love! Haha He is the CALMEST TB I have ever met and he has a great personality too. He is 7 years old and about 16.2hh.
My only problem is that he keeps going lame. But I am starting to think he is faking it sometimes. One day he will move perfectly fine and the next day he will be limping really bad. His hooves were like completely flat so I have been putting Turpentine on them, farrier told me to, to help them grow and it is helping. Also, when I feel up and down his legs he doesn't act like anything is sore and nothing feels warm. I clean out his hooves before I ride too, but we will see what happens. I was also told he has never had any injuries during or after his racing career.

Let me know what you think of him please! **not all of the pictures are of me riding him, im the one with the purple shirt**Here is his registry stuff.... Thunder Angel Horse Pedigree I think his dad and grand dad are just gorgeous if you look at the pictures on there!!!








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    07-20-2009, 12:16 PM
I would have a vet out to find out why he is going lame. I really don't think horses would fake something like that (considering they are prey animals and showing weakness is not good)

He needs more weight, but that's easy to fix.

He looks like a very sweet horse though, reminds me of this horse I knew.
    07-20-2009, 12:27 PM
Actually, there was a horse at the barn before that would fake it. The owner had lots of money and would have a vet out EVERY time the horse acted lame and the vet could never find anything wrong with it. There is also another horse at the barn now that will fake it every once in a while. I am going to talk to the previous owner about it and see if she will get the vet out to see it if he doesn't get better. It could be that his hooves are still really flat and soft on the heel.

Actually, some of the pics he looks ribby, but up close you can't see any of his ribs. He has a hay belly that he needs to lose and he needs to build more back muscle and get a better top line if that is what you mean.
    07-20-2009, 12:34 PM
He looks like a sweetheart. Reminds me of a TB that I learned to ride on when I was little.
His name was Webster, ha ha. Good luck with your new boy!
    07-20-2009, 02:43 PM
Green Broke
I have known some horses to fake lameness for many reasons. So it's not that uncommon. But I would make sure he is just faking it and isn't really hurting :]

He's got GREAT bloodlines. Especially on his sire's side. Storm Cat is his grandsire, he's got Northern Dancer twice, Secretariat, Hail to Reason, and Buckpasser. On his dam's side he's got Princequillo and Raise a Native. All very good!

Yeah, he needs a bit of weight but that can be easily fixed.

Good luck with him! He's really cute!
    07-20-2009, 03:20 PM
Awesome thanks!!

I don't know much about bloodlines or about any horses or anything so that made me happy knowing he has good bloodlines. Yayy!! =))

He should gain weight really fast. He gets a full scoop of grain twice a day and if he's not out on grass during the day then he has free choice hay. So weight should pick up soon. =)
    07-20-2009, 03:36 PM
Cute horsie
    07-20-2009, 04:21 PM
My old horse herc would fake being lame when he was 100% healed from a pulled tendon. Its funny wha some horses would do to make you now ride then. She is goreous BTW
    07-20-2009, 04:25 PM
Eventerdrew is totally right...
Being that my dad breed TB for the track for years, I do know the BL's...Your has some great one's in there..Yes..Storm Cat is a fovorite of mine as well as Deputy Minister..
I would not put it past a horse to try and be a little of a trickster and I have often wondered this myself about "faking"...But the likelihood of that Vrs. A real issue going on are two different ball games...
Yes I think his feet need work.
Was he not ridden for a while?
My OTTB...never raced...I screamed and cried to much about it because I just loved Dad pulled him out of training just before he was to race...because a excercise guy thought there was a prob.
He came home and when my father spoke of putting him back into training....I screetched about it...
I think that the best way to tell if there is a real issue is if you can afford it....have X-rays or ultrasound done...
What shoes if any does he have on?? Or what has he had in the past?
My horse actually was in a 40 x 40 and then sometimes in a bigger area for a long while because I was injured...My dad being the track breeder and all has different perspectives than I on some Tiny's shoeing was always a controversy..
Sometimes My horse has intermittent lamness....No heat no swelling no visual signs of any issue....
But...upon x-ray there is some things that can be seen as possible the intermittent lamness.
But then again....He did not work for a while...He just hung out doing very little other then eating.
Now that he has moved here to my home town he has suffered with this intermittent limp...
Somedays If I work with him he will work out of the limping pattern...other days he will not...
I am not riding him at this time partly because I ..physically am not quite ready and partly because of his foot issues..
So..If at all possible I would have a vet check done...A once over is a good starting point because he might have some underlying thing going on in there you cannot see
I think he is well bred and with tender loving care and a starting point after a vet check you may be able to work with thiings..but sometimes you just never know...
Please feel free to PM me since we both have a similar issue with feet and intermittent could just be that the feet of your horse need to grow, and have consistent work done by your farrier...
It is always exciting to work with a new horse...
He does look very sweet!
What type of riding do you plan on doing with him???
Half Pass...
    07-20-2009, 10:34 PM
Wow...he has FABULOUS bloodlines!

I too, would do some serious checking, to rule out anything that would cause such intermittent lameness. Navicular in a mild form could present that way; work brings on the symptoms, then the rest helps them subside a bit.

He looks like a really nice horse; although, I have to ask, what, if he is such a calm horse, do you have to use the chain over the nose for? The chain overtime, can damage alot of nerves in his face, so I would becareful how you use it...Perhaps, get a Rope Halter with some extra knots instead; it will still have some 'bite' but will be gentler and safer in the long run.

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