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    10-31-2009, 12:50 AM
  #1
Weanling
Potential Buy: Issues in Stifle

I don't know what to think about this one. I haven't been to see him yet. Thought I'd see what everybody thought first. His ad (see here) says that he has "He has mild issues in right stiffle, not lame." Otherwise this horse seems nearly perfect - he's dirt cheap (wondering if the "mild issues" have anything to do with that...), and he's also local, young, and gorgeous. Training-wise, he's at the point that I can do whatever I want with him (I'm thinking lower-level eventing, potentially higher dressage, etc.)

But I'm a little hung up on the "mild issues". So I sent an email to his owner to ask about it, and this is what she said: "He has a "beak" in his joint which can cause some inpingement. There is no sign of arthritis. He is not lame, just does not move as "hugely" as a lot of people expect. I am not convinced that is not due to the fact that he is not worked much. I think his gaits will improve dramatically with training."

So what do you think? Is it still worth a drive out there?
Thanks!
     
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    10-31-2009, 01:21 AM
  #2
Foal
He's handsome...doesn't hurt to look.
     
    10-31-2009, 01:36 AM
  #3
Showing
Impingement, that means that there is an element limiting his range of motion, right? I have tried googling it but there is so much stuff to sift through with medical jargon but from what I understand; a stifle impingement could be cause by either an injury or a degenrative disease. Either way, it will get worse. With him being so young and having issues with it already, I would be cautious about looking at him. If you want to look, then go ahead and look but a very thorough PPE would be necessary before further consideration.
     
    10-31-2009, 01:56 AM
  #4
Started
I completly agree wiht smrobs. Most stiffles problems can get worse. There are things to help it to not progress, but it can get spendy. But its whatever you feel like.
     
    10-31-2009, 02:10 AM
  #5
Yearling
I think he is very pretty, but most of the stifle injuries I've seen get worse with age. I don't think jumping would suit him if you got him, because one hard knock on it could send him permanently lame. Ask how he got the injury and what its treated with when he goes lame.
A vet exam WOULD BE a must, if you are that interested.
     
    10-31-2009, 02:40 AM
  #6
Weanling
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With him being so young and having issues with it already, I would be cautious about looking at him.
That's exactly why I haven't been to see him yet. As far as jumping goes, the owner said that they are currently jumping him under 2' (he's just learning to jump) but I agree that it probably isn't the best career for him. I am thinking that I may go to see him anyway, and if I really, really like him, I'll get a very elaborate vet check...
     
    10-31-2009, 02:48 AM
  #7
Weanling
Just found this video on Youtube. He looks pretty sound...granted, it's hard to be sure since he's being chased back and forth so much. >:( At any rate, here's the video: Ricoma
     
    10-31-2009, 02:55 AM
  #8
Weanling
LOL, sorry for all the posts, but I just found two more videos. Here's one of him on the , and another of him .

Unfortunately, after seeing these videos, I'm not really that interested anymore. In the video of him under saddle his head bobs down noticeably when his right hind hits the ground. "Not lame". Pfft. Personally, I now can't believe they jumped this horse at all - seems really stupid to me...this sucks though, I suppose the search for the right horse goes on...
     
    10-31-2009, 03:14 AM
  #9
Green Broke
I don't know anything about this kind of injury but I am inclined not to buy any injured horse, regardless if the injury appears mild or not. You want the best horse you can, and soundness is a HUGE part of it.

Also, injuries are often not limited to the "obvious" parts. He could have muscle problems in his hind end if he has been favouring it, or learnt to carry himself in an incorrect way. In my opinion, an injury will almost always be a "weak spot" in the horse. I wouldn't do it, but its up to you, it could work out find but be very wary.
     
    10-31-2009, 04:07 AM
  #10
Started
Im going to agree wiht you clementime, he looks unsound in the riding video. Especially when she turns the cornes on him, he really looks like he hurts. I would pass on him.
     

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