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post #1 of 10 Old 08-17-2010, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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What do you think of this 18 yr old paint gelding?

Would he be a waste of time just by looking at his pics? I have been looking for an older horse for my 12 year old son who isnt the most expierenced on a horse. He used to ride a 30 year old babysitter. He is currently taking riding lessons. I have been looking everywhere for a nice horse for him and have came upon this guy. Tell me what I would look for as in health issues if you would. Thanks. I think this older horse is a little thin?

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post #2 of 10 Old 08-17-2010, 02:57 PM
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Could be wormy. An 18 year old is a great decision for a beginner as long as he is well broke. I would get a vet precheck if you are really interested in him. That will tell you more than anything.

There are lots of reasons for skinny, the main one is that maybe he hasn't had his teeth floated. A lot of people don't bother with this, equine dentists can be harder to find than winning the lottery in our area. When we bought my 19 year old mare she was skinny and after her teeth were done within a year she was fat and sassy. We also feed grain once a day which she didn't get before.

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post #3 of 10 Old 08-17-2010, 04:09 PM
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This was Bones when we rescued him almost three years ago. He was 21 at the time. After food and dental and vitamins, etc he is fat and wonderful. He is a pleasure to ride, will give you his heart when riding and anyone can get on him.The second photo is him 5 weeks later. He has continued to stay fat and sassy, but is so sweet and loving.
Don't rule him out because of age or skinny.
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post #4 of 10 Old 08-17-2010, 04:33 PM
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He's cute! I don't think he's too skinny and you can always put weight on. ^^

Get a vet check vet check vet check! If you get an all's clear from a trusted vet you should be good to go. Be sure to ride him yourself first too a few times, don't just take their word for it that he's dead broke before putting your kid up there.

Looks like a really nice horse with a gentle face. I love his markings -- those tall, even white socks kill me every time.

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post #5 of 10 Old 08-17-2010, 04:43 PM
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I think there is something very cute about him.
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post #6 of 10 Old 08-17-2010, 04:58 PM
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He is very pretty (prettier with some weight). His hind legs are a bit stretched back but for a lesson/beginner's horse he'd be fine ;)

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post #7 of 10 Old 08-17-2010, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! We are going to go meet him tonight!
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post #8 of 10 Old 08-17-2010, 07:22 PM
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There doesn't appear to be any problems, as in a waste of time, judging by the pictures. Have you gone to ride him yet? See if he and your son click! He needs a little TLC, his coat could be better and yes, a load of weight on his topline and such would do him good. Its best to bring a horse into there 20's as good as they can be condition wise :)
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-17-2010, 07:30 PM
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Honestly, he's cute, and if he vetted healthy and was all he was supposed to be I'd purchase him myself for my kiddos.
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-17-2010, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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It has been pouring rain.......I didnt get to go see him tonight. I will get to tomorrow. They seem like really nice people. They said they have fattened the horse up alot since they took him out of a situation. I am excited. My vet told me to go ride him one night then come back the next day to see if he is walking ok before I buy him. Otherwise I am sure I can get vet records on him. I am excited for my son to meet him too. The people told me I can take him with a two week trial as well.
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