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post #1 of 11 Old 08-29-2011, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking about this guy

I have to give you a bit of back story first. My best horse friend moved out to California-- she's from there originally, and was offered a job at an olympic level barn. She takes fantastic care of her horses; unfortunately, though, she had to leave them in someone else's care until she decided whether she was going to be in California permanently.

Long story short, the lady who is supposed to be watching them has pushed my friend's horses to the side and cares more for the people who are taking lessons from her. It's a sticky situation, and I went out to take some pictures of her horses so that she could decide who needs to come out to Cali with her.

She really wants me to take Blue, a Western Pleasure horse, because she needs to take her other horses back with her. He's about 10 years old, and has a sweet temperament, though he'll need a little work as far as training goes because he's out of practice.

The pink on his skin is an infection that could have been prevented had the care taker, well, cared, and I know that he'll need some weight.

What do you guys think of him? I'm hoping I can work her down to just giving him to me (since she got him for free anyway) and talking my hubs into paying the extra $80 it would be to board him. If all goes right, I'd love to take care of him. He's just so sweet.

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-29-2011, 06:34 PM
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I can't tell much from the photos. But, send them to your friend to see what terrible shape he is in, due to lack of decent care. If she wants to give him to you, I would have a vet check him out (cheap insurance, IMO). Then, I would get him the heck to better care and love him. Out of practice is usually little problem, if they have a good foundation. It's like riding a never forget how. Well, you might wobble a few times.....
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post #3 of 11 Old 08-29-2011, 10:34 PM
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Once he is cleaned up and fattened up he is going to be a stunner! Too bad he wasn't being well cared for. I hope it works out for you

and I agree with should probably get a vet check even on a free horse...
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post #4 of 11 Old 08-29-2011, 10:40 PM
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Aww he's so pretty! Love his eyes, I agree with AF & Piaffe, Vet check him even if he's free. Good luck =)
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post #5 of 11 Old 08-29-2011, 10:49 PM
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Awwww poor dude : ( He's really thin. Certainly is a beauty though. I don't think I'd turn him down for free. A vet check might be necessary though. And I'd definitely send pics to your friend of this. That's irresponsible as any one person can get.

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post #6 of 11 Old 08-29-2011, 11:54 PM
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I agree with everyone else.... some groceries, vet care, and love and he will be flashy, flashy, flashy... I would take him in a heartbeat - I love me some flashy, sweet paint geldings!!! :)
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post #7 of 11 Old 08-30-2011, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I took pictures of the rest of her horses for her-- her mustang got a real bad case of rain rot that took almost all the hair off her back. My friend is not happy, but glad that I took the pictures and let her know what was going on.

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post #8 of 11 Old 08-30-2011, 12:19 PM
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Yeah, he does look very skinny to me (although he's so very cute and looks very kind). What a bad situation. I second vet exam.

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post #9 of 11 Old 08-30-2011, 12:46 PM
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So what's the story? you get him? what ended up happening? I think he's really cute. I like him. Do you think he has the potential to do what you him to? at this point in my riding career, I wouldn't worry so much about what the horse is able to do, as I am not someone to aspire for anything big.

Make sure he has that temper and personality you want, and that he is sound and healthy. I would find it hard to believe she would be willing to let this guy stay behind, he's absolutely gorgeous.
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post #10 of 11 Old 08-30-2011, 02:51 PM
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Definitely get a vet check - 90% of the time, free horses are the most expensive horses!
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