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        06-13-2011, 08:08 PM
      #1
    Green Broke
    Horse buying dilemma*PLEASE READ*

    Hi All!

    I have gone to look at a horse to buy as an eventer. She is a 16.2hh 11 year old TB mare.

    When we first got to the farm and saw her, we almost turned around and left. She is super skinny. I decided I still wanted to try her out.

    A woman rode her for us and she did great, jumped her about 3'0" - 3'3", with ease. Her dressage is FANTASTIC. I got on her, same thing, everything she did was wonderful! I took her on the XC course, and again, PERFECT. I really mean perfect. She moved like nothing I have ever seen.

    The only thing I am worried about is her weight. The guy selling her said it is just because she is TB, but I know she is TB mixed with skinny!

    He had her advertised for $3650, and when I called about another horse he said this one would be better suited for me(which she was), but I told him we only had $2000 to spend. He said we would work something out. Now he says he would sell her for $2800. She is worth alot of money because of how she moves and jumps, but we don't have much more to spend. We are going to ask him if he would take $2300, or no deal.

    I don't know what to do! She seems so amazing, and I am pretty sure, unless there is an underlying issue, that we could get weight on her with alfalfa, beet pulp, ETC.

    I guess I am looking for advice on what some of my fellow HF'ers would do!

    Thanks for reading,
    VB
         
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        06-13-2011, 08:19 PM
      #2
    Green Broke
    I will have picture and video tomorrow. We are going to go back and ride her again.

    VB
         
        06-13-2011, 09:12 PM
      #3
    Showing
    If she's extremely underweight, why did you agree to ride her? Or are you exaggerating, and she's just TB racing-fit thin?

    There's no way I'd ride an animal that's 'super skinny', much less push it to jump.

    If she's underweight you have no idea what her real personality is like. Once she puts on weight she could be a holy terror. Animals who are underweight don't have the energy to act up.

    I don't buy the answer that she's skinny because she's a TB. I've seen some lean ones, but any that were underweight were from lack of proper maintenance, or they were ill.

    TBs need more food than say the average Arabian, but if you feed them properly very, very few will be too thin.

    If you decide to take this horse, have a complete PPE done on her. I'm wondering what else they've neglected if they can't feed her properly.
         
        06-13-2011, 09:21 PM
      #4
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
    If she's underweight you have no idea what her real personality is like. Once she puts on weight she could be a holy terror. Animals who are underweight don't have the energy to act up.
    This is very true. My TB was underweight when I bought him and he was a different horse after I got some weight on him.
         
        06-13-2011, 09:48 PM
      #5
    Green Broke
    [QUOTE=Speed Racer;1064192]If she's extremely underweight, why did you agree to ride her? Or are you exaggerating, and she's just TB racing-fit thin?

    There's no way I'd ride an animal that's 'super skinny', much less push it to jump.

    If she's underweight you have no idea what her real personality is like. Once she puts on weight she could be a holy terror. Animals who are underweight don't have the energy to act up.

    I don't buy the answer that she's skinny because she's a TB. I've seen some lean ones, but any that were underweight were from lack of proper maintenance, or they were ill.

    TBs need more food than say the average Arabian, but if you feed them properly very, very few will be too thin.

    If you decide to take this horse, have a complete PPE done on her. I'm wondering what else they've neglected if they can't feed her properly.[/QUOTE] that's the thing, she has been free fed on a round bale. We are thinking though that she has been bullied by her pasture mates.
         
        06-13-2011, 11:22 PM
      #6
    Green Broke
    Extremely thin horses are generally well-behaved and then once you pack the weight on and they are feeling good...... complete attitude change.

    Been there, bought a horse that once she was at a proper weight became a horrid nightmare. Ended up giving her away after multiple trainers convinced me that I would never be able to "fix" her.

    Are you prepared that she might be completely different once she gains weight? My current trainer won't even consider an underweight horse because she's personally seen people starve horses on purpose to make them quiet enough so that they can sell them.
         
        06-14-2011, 08:32 PM
      #7
    Green Broke
    Here are some videos from today.





    Pretty positive we are going through with the sale.
         
        06-14-2011, 08:37 PM
      #8
    Green Broke
    With the videos showing her, I wouldn't call her "super skinny". She is just a physically fit mare.

    It isn't like she has a dull coat and looks lifeless, but has a good shiney coat--which normally is more indicative of a healthy horse--then an emaciated horse.
         
        06-14-2011, 08:38 PM
      #9
    Green Broke
    I don't know, VAB, I will post some pictures too because she looks better under saddle.
         
        06-14-2011, 08:41 PM
      #10
    Green Broke
    Pics from the other day...
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