She's not to old, right?

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She's not to old, right?

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        03-25-2008, 02:07 PM
    She's not to old, right?

    We're looking for a good starter pony for my little sister to ride..
    Here's another one..
    Her age isn't to bad, is it?
    Here's her info:
    Suzie is 20 years old. Shedoesn't bolt, kick, bite or have any bad habits. She is not spooked and she is excellent with kids. She is laid back. She stands for the farrier and loads easy. She is an excellent starter horse for kids. She has patience with them when they are starting out and don't know what to do. She had a recent checkup and her feet are in perfect shape. No lameness. She is underweight. I placed that in the ad because I want people to understand that she needs some hay put to her. You could not ask for a better pony.

    And here's her:

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        03-25-2008, 02:25 PM
    No 20 isn't too bad
    I'm a little concerned with her weight. Yes the people put in the ad saying she was underweight, but she looks pretty bad to me.

    Also, I don't like the way she's standing. She toes out REALLY bad, and her legs look weird to me.

    Personally, I'd step away from this one. She's cute and does seem to have a good attitude, but she doesn't look healthy or sound.
        03-25-2008, 02:30 PM
    Hmm, agreed. 20 is more 'middle aged' than old, but with weight that low and STILL a big belly I'd be worried about worms as well as malnutrition.

    And there's no guaruntee her behaviour will be so good when she's got some weight and and feeling more energetic.

    Shame - she'd look very sweet if in good condition.
        03-25-2008, 02:31 PM
    She is cute. And she isn't too old, but she is getting up there.

    The weight is definitely a concern because you would think they would want to fatten her up to get her sold. It just seems rather iffy to me.

    Other than her weight issue, she seems like a good candidate. I would certainly get a pre-purchase exam on her just to make sure she's in good health and could keep up with you sister if she advances quickly
        03-25-2008, 02:56 PM
    Thanks for the advice.
    They said they ran out of hay, so she's only getting sweet feed.
        03-25-2008, 02:59 PM
    Originally Posted by AngelGurl
    Thanks for the advice.
    They said they ran out of hay, so she's only getting sweet feed.
    even with sweet feed she should be fatter. And they should know to up the sweet feed if she still isn't gaining weight
        03-25-2008, 03:19 PM
    I guess..
    It's funny..
    Everytime I post something like this on 2 places, I get different responses..
    On this other site, everyone says go for it.
    On here, I've gotten dont's
    Oh well :roll:
        03-25-2008, 03:22 PM
    I really do like her coloring...and she really does look like a sweet little thing...

    But, yeah, I do have to agree about her weight issue. She is 20 years old, which, isn't bad for a pony...but she looks really thin.

    I do not think that 'running out of hay' is a good excuss to let a pony get that thin. There are always hay alternatives such as beetpulp, hay pellets, hay cubes, even those complete feeds (if you're desperate). This poor girl looks almost starved....what would she look like without her winter coat

    If you think you can put the weight on her, I think she'd be a nice buy...but I would also check for soundness...
        03-25-2008, 03:24 PM
    Well do whatever you want to!

    Taking a second and third look at Suzie, she isn't too underweight, but she is slightly.

    And it could just be that her owners aren't that knowledgeable with horses and don't know to up her sweet feed.

    Talk to your sister and see what pony she likes the best.

    A good thing about Suzie is that she is older and has been there, done that. Which is good if you sister is just learning how to ride.

    Sorry if I was kinda harsh before. I didn't mean to be
        03-25-2008, 05:46 PM
    I agree with appylover, get a prepurchase exam before going any further, if possible. With her body condition I'd want to be sure it isn't something more serious than not enough feed.
    She's adorable and looks like a sweetie. How all goes well if you decide to go ahead with it.

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