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        06-26-2012, 08:30 AM
      #21
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    Well you do seem to have a sensible plan - PLEASE take the advice of the vet even if it isn't what you want to hear
    I do love the Morgan breed as they remind me in looks and spirit of the welsh x TB that used to be so popular in the UK, they can be a bit 'high geared' though which does put some people off them.
    I know what you mean about feeling comfortable on a horse you get used too - that's something that anybody who doesn't work with multi horses on a daily basis experiences. I tried to at least get something that was the same height and build as me retired mare but the similarity ends there as he have gone from a very forward going hot head to one who needs asking to move which actually worries me as I find myself wondering if she's planning something!! It gets worse as you get older as you know that you aren't the same rider that you were in your 20's & 30's. I have to ride my sons mini draft when he's at college now and she is different again, very forward going like my old mare but if you upset her she takes a lot of settling down.
    I hope you can get to take her out on the trails a few times with a sensible companion before you commit to anything.
    As far as age goes - the 14.2 my sons all jumped became my hunting pony when he was in his 20's and was still a sharp ride when he was 28 when we decided to semi retire him though I still rode him to lead my youngest off on his first pony.
    Keep us updated of what you do please
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        06-28-2012, 02:21 PM
      #22
    Yearling
    Vet check update

    I spoke with the vet before the appointment, and told him my primary concern was Isabel's back and her ongoing use as a riding horse. When he first saw her, his immediate reaction was that her back wasn't nearly as bad as I'd made it out to be. He said it's clear that she's an older horse, but she is certainly rideable; in fact, riding is the best thing for her to keep her back strong. He really encouraged trying to continue working on getting her to use her hind end better while riding, which is a good challenge for me too-I think that as my riding improves, her way of going will improve too.

    High points of the check- he said she had amazing feet..."the kind of feet you wish you could copy from one horse to help out another horse with bad feet." He said they were strong and solid, as were her legs. All great news. He did flexion tests, lunged her, and thought she looked good.

    Concerns from the check- some thickening of her lenses in each eye, meaning vision is becoming a bit cloudy (not terrible, but noticeable). Probably the biggest concern is that she has developed a sarcoid between her front legs, which I had been mistaking for dry skin. I feel horrible about not correctly identifying this, but he said as long as it doesn't drastically change shape/size over a short period of time, no immediate concern. I know there are some other threads on the forum about this, so I will be reading up.

    The last big issue from the check is that the quality of hay where she's boarded is affecting her health- she has a bit of a cough when exercising and a slightly elevated resting respiratory rate that he thinks is related to dusty hay, and she has a hay belly that didn't exist at this time last year. The BO was there for the check and said they are switching hay suppliers because other horses are showing similar symptoms. So, I'll need to stay on top of that, but those two health concerns should improve with that change.

    All in all, the vet check went better than expected. I asked as many questions as I could to be sure I was interpreting his conclusions correctly, and no matter how many times I asked if there was anything concerning about riding her over the next several years, his answer really was that it will be fine. I trust his opinion and feel that I got a straight answer.

    So....drumroll please...I do believe that I'm going to go for it and formally purchase the lease mare! I was trying to be rational and detached, but after the check ended, I finally let myself get excited and acknowledge how happy I am to arrive at this decision. While the horse shopping experience clarified for me that I need to be more proactive about riding other horses to improve my own skills, when it comes down to which horse I want to commit to as my own, I really feel good about choosing Isabel!

    I think this is all for this thread for now, so thanks again for all the suggestions and advice. I am looking forward to following up with the great folks over in the trail riding section as we begin working on some desensitization (the other pleasant surprise today was that when I went over the boarding contract, I realized there were a lot more trails available than I thought, so we should have more options for riding out!).
         
        06-28-2012, 02:36 PM
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by egrogan    
    I spoke with the vet before the appointment, and told him my primary concern was Isabel's back and her ongoing use as a riding horse. When he first saw her, his immediate reaction was that her back wasn't nearly as bad as I'd made it out to be. He said it's clear that I think this is all for this thread for now, so thanks again for all the suggestions and advice. I am looking forward to following up with the great folks over in the trail riding section as we begin working on some desensitization (the other pleasant surprise today was that when I went over the boarding contract, I realized there were a lot more trails available than I thought, so we should have more options for riding out!).
    All sounds good, I hope you'll keep us posted with your progress and some pics. Less is more with her intro to trails, don't overwhelm her, if she enjoys what she's doing then she'll want to do it again. Hope you have a nice calm trail buddy for her to lean on. Not sure if its the route I would have taken but its really about what is making you feel good so I wish you and Isabel the very best of luck.
         
        06-28-2012, 02:58 PM
      #24
    Showing
    Those respiratory problems may or may not clear up with a change of feed. It could be the beginning of copd which could account for the belly. The horse has to push the exhale instead of the lungs just emptying. The 13 yr old gelding sounds like he has potential and you will get years of good riding. Don't mistake a Morgan's willingness to go as a sign of good health or youthfulness. A horse's brain will tell it something when the body can't really keep up.
         
        06-28-2012, 07:41 PM
      #25
    Weanling
    Congrats! I think that you made the right decision, and thought through all the possible issues and benefits. Having a solid career and home for the animal I think is key in the long term because it means you can get another riding horse when she does get older and that you'll still be able to keep her on as a pasture pet throughout her retired years. I understand the feeling of getting comfortable with a particular horse. I tried out a beginner lesson horse the other day and felt like I had no idea what I was doing because I'm so used to my mare!
         
        06-28-2012, 08:00 PM
      #26
    Green Broke
    All of the very best of luck, health, happiness and good years ahead to you and your mare!!!! :)
         

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