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post #1 of 17 Old 01-19-2013, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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Just Talked to the Vet :/

So about a year and a half go I purchased Chloe. An now 9 year old paint mare that's a finished reiner. I unloaded my savings on her, she was actually over my budget but my at the time instructor told me she was a steal, would make a great reining horse for me and we could use her for the program we are in. She had been looking at her for a while and new the lady selling her. This is the one time I didnt do a PPE because my instructor told me she had a vet out to look her. I had seen her online but passed her up because of price. I was actually wanting a green broke prospect but I let her talk me into going.

I bought her but a little while later my instructor and I parted ways because she knew way less about reining then she let on. The other guy in our area that does lessons is pretty expensive but really good. I was saving up for lessons but lost my job. So we just did light riding and a few trail rides after that.

This November I decided I wanted to get back into Pleasure most HUS. Chloe and I never really clicked. So I decided I wanted to trade her for a nice HUS horse or prospect. I became very sick shortly after and was in the hospital. I had been talking with a friend who had a really nice HUS prospect that just needed finished. I liked him a lot. When I was released (not allowed to ride for about a month after) I took Chloe and went to go look.

He got on her and noticed she was throwing her head a bit. We decided it was probably because she hadnt been worked in about 2 months. We did a 2 week trial and I took Keifer home. He is the sweetest boy and I couldnt help but fall in love with him. We bonded pretty quickly. Wednesday marks the end of the 2 weeks. I got a call from him last night, I knew he was planning on having the vet out to look at her.

To pretty much some it up. She has arthritis in all 4 legs and other major joint/muscle damage from years of really hard work. "Her best years are far behind her." She would need major maintenance for just light riding and without would be broodmare sound only. So I hold nothing against my friend, but obviously the trade is a no go and I have to take the other horse back. I was given the option to purchase him but there is no way I can afford that after I used my savings to buy her. I don't think I can sell her for anything, I'd be lucky to give her away free at this point.

So lesson to be learned always get a PPE. Don't take the word of the owner or even your own instructor. Make sure You do it and are there for what the vet says. It just sucks because I am out a ride-able horse, I fell in love with a horse I can no longer have and I don't have the money to purchase another one.



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post #2 of 17 Old 01-19-2013, 11:40 AM
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Good luck with your quest for a new horse

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post #3 of 17 Old 01-19-2013, 01:02 PM
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So sorry you had to learn this the hard way. Sometimes you get lucky without a PPE and sometimes you don't. I hate it for you :( good luck in your future horses!
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post #4 of 17 Old 01-19-2013, 01:23 PM
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I know a veterinarian that didn't bother to do X-rays on a horse that he bought. He just looked at her and did a physical exam. Six months after he bought her, she started having lameness problems. He took X-rays. She actually had arthritis problems that no doubt would have showed up on the X-rays when he bought her. This was a $6,000 dollar horse and now she is lame. Anybody can get burned. It is best to do a good real PPE including X-rays if you are going to spend a lot of money.

Sorry for your bad luck.

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post #5 of 17 Old 01-19-2013, 01:23 PM
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I don't think I can sell her for anything, I'd be lucky to give her away free at this point.
Given the information you now have regarding her health, if you are unable/unwilling to keep her just do her a favor and give her a peaceful passing.
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post #6 of 17 Old 01-19-2013, 09:08 PM
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I would have another vet out for a second opinion! Research some joint supplements, ask about injections, have an equine massage therapists come look at her, a chiropractor come adjust her, etc. I wouldn't say all hope is lost arthritis can be helped with regular work to keep the joints supple. After two months of sitting around of course she would be stiff!
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post #7 of 17 Old 01-19-2013, 11:33 PM
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I would have another vet out for a second opinion! Research some joint supplements, ask about injections, have an equine massage therapists come look at her, a chiropractor come adjust her, etc. I wouldn't say all hope is lost arthritis can be helped with regular work to keep the joints supple. After two months of sitting around of course she would be stiff!
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I also suggest this. My old bones have arthritis but I still hop up on my horse and are very active. You just have to condition the right way and not super over due it.
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Very sorry you had to learn this way... I too had this misfortune.

Sadly reiners are ridden hard very young in their life, especially if they're destined to be sold for pure profit versus enjoyment.

I bought a 9 year old mare that started to crow-hop on me for no reason. A video shortly after proved she had osteoarthritis in her hocks and she was "useless" to me. I wanted to jump and just like your horse... her best days were behind her.

I bought her without a PPE, I was supposed to get one... Yet I trusted the owners not to lead me wrong. It wasn't their fault, they had no clue. She was a product of being started hard as a two year old. I lost $4k on her and ended up having to give her away for free. However, the new owners are phenomenal. She has these "special" impact shoes and is on joint supplements daily. She loves life.

I couldn't, like you, stress enough how important a PPE is. Beacuse it's so hard to learn the hard way.

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You know it's entirely possible that a PPE would not have shown this, and only x-rays would, especially as it's been a year and a half.

Honestly my horses are in the $1-2k range, so I don't do x-rays for them. It just doesn't make sense to me to add another $600 to their purchase price. So it's a gamble. Obviously the more the purchase price increases, the less you are willing to gamble.


Anyway, sorry it turned out this way for you.
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post #10 of 17 Old 01-20-2013, 12:19 PM
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I'm very sorry to hear this. Hope everything works out well.

Do you know if he competed at all before you bought him?

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