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        12-18-2011, 10:14 AM
      #11
    Foal
    Sorry, double posted!
         
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        12-18-2011, 12:24 PM
      #12
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DuffyDuck    
    First picture is 4 weeks after I bought her. Not one word of a lie, pretty much all her fur came out, not so she was naked, but it just had no health. Next one is first morning, compared to 4 weeks later, and last picture is at around 5 and a half months.

    I have now had Duffy 6 months. Its a long process. Would I recommend you do it? No- I wouldn't do it again. Do I like the Art Deco lines, and would you persuade me to see it? Most likely. See how you feel, and look at others. Nice lines, but a LOT of work lies ahead.
    Your 2nd pic is what Gigi looked like when I got her back. If I had not previously owned this mare, thus know what a sweet, loving, lovely individual she is even up to weight, I would not have gone and gotten her. It's heartbreaking to see a horse kept like that and the expense of feeding her up........she gets 2X the feed the others do and she gets a fat supplement (Purina's Amplify) that's pretty exhorbitant cost wise. We're on our 3rd bucket and she's looking much better but we haven't even had our first winter storm yet either. I'm devoted to this horse and didn't really want to sell her when I did, so of course, had to go get her but I wouldn't buy one like her for my first horse experience.

    Maybe I'm a Pollyanna, but I feel like your first horse should be just about as close to perfect as you can get. No weight issues, no nasty feet, no abuse etc etc. If you want to get into all that with a subsequent horse, because you've enjoyed your first horse so much and want to give something back, by all means do it. But make your first horse MAGIC!
         
        12-19-2011, 02:19 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    Thanks for all the input, guys. I think I will go and look at the horse. I can do a pretty good job of remaining objective in most cases so I think I should be able to resist buying him just to "rescue" him. If the horse is looking very bad off, I do know of a very good rescue in the area that I can try to get involved.

    At this point I'm willing to take a chance on a horse that isn't too expensive, knowing that I could then afford extra training if that's all the horse needs. I'm currently returning a horse that I brought home on trial who was NOT an inexpensive horse, and once separated from her owners turned out to be quite dangerous and in desperate need of full-time training, but at the price they were selling her for I couldn't afford to send her off to a trainer immediately.
         
        12-26-2011, 09:15 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    I wouldnt.. you have no idea why the horse is skinny.. medical issue... hard keeper.... hot horse? Etc. not a good idea for a first horse
         

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