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        08-24-2008, 11:05 AM
      #11
    Showing
    I don't think the horse is sway back. I think that with about 100# or so and some muscle he will look like a different horse. You can see it in his neck and loins that he is underfed and under worked for a long time. He seems to have good legs and a nice shoulder. He has good depth considering his condition. BTW, A 15 year old horse should not be sway back.

    I would start the first week just feeding and handling him but no riding. The second week would be lunging and ground work. By the third week I would have him under saddle but would wait until then or even the 4th week before riding. When I did ride him it would be very light work for a solid month, increasing it each week until I had him out for a couple of hours. I would not be jumping this horse for a while. He needs to come back slowly.

    Many times a horse in that condition will be very lay back but as soon as you build them up they are a different horse altogether - just something to keep in mind.

    You mentioned that a possible trade was involved. What is that about? How much do they want for the one you are looking at.
         
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        08-24-2008, 11:17 AM
      #12
    Yearling
    Thank you, my husband thought the same thing, that he would
    Be a totally different looking horse with some weight gain and some
    Some muscle put back on. :)

    Yeah, he's sort of a rescue and they are putting weight back on
    him at the moment, I also think his legs look great. Okay I didn't
    Know at what age they get a sway back, never owned a horse
    Over 9.

    Thanks for the advice, If I get him I will definitely be sure to
    Take it!

    I'm going to have to trade my riding horse who happens to be
    A mare for a gelding, due to I do not want her bred and I have
    No where else to put her and it's a long story actually...but right
    now I'm just looking at potential geldings and my husband seems
    to really like this one, so I thought I would ask about him.
         
        08-24-2008, 11:29 AM
      #13
    Foal
    If at all possible have his feet xrayed. I have an ex-racehorse that is 9. He won several times on the track but now his have navicular disease and some arthitis which can happen in racehorses. I would check this out. I got mine as a rescue with the intent of jumping. I found out later about his foot. It's not bad and with some treatments he probably could jump. It is something I would check into. How long did he race, how many races? Things like that
         
        08-24-2008, 11:38 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by nascarcats
    If at all possible have his feet xrayed. I have an ex-racehorse that is 9. He won several times on the track but now his have navicular disease and some arthitis which can happen in racehorses. I would check this out. I got mine as a rescue with the intent of jumping. I found out later about his foot. It's not bad and with some treatments he probably could jump. It is something I would check into. How long did he race, how many races? Things like that
    Okay, thanks! I will definatley ask about his racing past and
    Previous injuries if any. :)
         
        08-25-2008, 03:37 AM
      #15
    Started
    Just wondering if you do any type of vet check on your horses when you trade them?
         
        08-25-2008, 06:36 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    Dont just ask about injuries, definitely get a vet check and xrays.I too have owned ex racehorses, and both have been fine, but what usually happens is that they race until they break down (for one reason or another) Things like navicular are not something seen with the naked eye. The guy may be totally honest, or he could be looking to sucker you into trading a perfectly sound horse for an unsound one. Buyer beware!
         
        08-25-2008, 10:25 AM
      #17
    Yearling
    Of course...vet checks are important!

    My mare I plan on trading has already been vet checked,
    Coggins tested,and has had her teeth floated already. Healthy
    As a horse!

    The gelding has a neg.a coggins test and the man had a
    Vet check his legs and also no signs of arthritis. He says he has
    Also never seen the horse limping before and he is just an
    overall healthy strong horse who likes to run and play out in
    the pasture.The only reason they are selling/trading him is
    he is looking for a smaller slower horse for his mom. He
    Bought Jabez when he wanted to compete at horse shows
    doing Speed, after he bought Jabez he ran across a mare
    that was younger and already trained to do speed, so he
    just did events with her instead of training Jabez.

    We are making plans to go see him soon and see how he rides.
         
        08-25-2008, 01:38 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    No, you don't understand. A vet check is when YOUR vet checks him out. When YOUR vet xrays the horse. NOT when he SAYs there's been one. I never believe what anyone tells me on something like that. That's just asking for trouble.
         
        08-25-2008, 04:57 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    Well I guess trusting the current owner will be at my own risk.
    So far I think other than weight the horse looks great and they
    were asking $200 more for the gelding than I was my mare.

    The owner seems exceptionally nice in person and through
    Emails and nothing so far sounds fishy to me. I am going to
    look at him later this week or next, inspecting him from head to hooves.
         
        08-25-2008, 06:17 PM
      #20
    Showing
    While I agree that a vet check and x-rays are important, the cost of the horse needs to be considered. Personally I would not spend $200 or more to vet and x-ray a $750 horse but then I feel I've been around horses long enough, owning, buying and selling, to make a knowledgeable assessment - of the horse and the seller. I would call and speak to his current vet.

    BTW, How much is he asking for his horse? How long has he had him? What has he done with him during that time? What is your mare like and in what condition?
         

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