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post #1 of 9 Old 11-25-2012, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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Little help on potential new horse...

Hello Everybody...

I have several questions but I will try and give you as much information as I know about the horse. He is a 17 year old Irish Sporthorse (will be 18 this spring) gelding imported from Ireland. No vices, easy keeper, front shoes only if you are riding him. Easy to handle and gets along so well with other horses.

His previous life he was a fox hunter, eventer, and jumper through 3'9" . A chip to his coffin joint along with some normal aging now his job is w/t/c for advanced beginners or beginner adults. Okay to jump smaller jumps. Great on the trail and on the fox hunt he is fine.

My concern in the chip in the coffin bone. Could/would this cause me problems if I don't want to use him for jumping as I just had to put down my horse in August for a leg injury.

Please if anyone can offer advise it would be greatly appreciated.

P.S. I would be getting for free.
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post #2 of 9 Old 11-25-2012, 11:21 PM
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I would not take him if a jumper is what you want....but beyond that I'd take him in a heartbeat. I would do a PPE and ask the vet doing the PPE about your specific concerns
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post #3 of 9 Old 11-25-2012, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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I'm sorry...but what is a PPE? I don't want to jump him, I just want to ride him around till I can find a good jumping horse.
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post #4 of 9 Old 11-25-2012, 11:47 PM
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Pre purchase exam definitely get one he looks like really nice :)
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post #5 of 9 Old 11-26-2012, 01:08 AM
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Some horses will recover from that with no lasting problems, it just depends.
What do you want to do with the horse? What are your riding goals?

Have your vet evaluate the horse, and to save yourself some money, try to get the xrays from the person giving the horse away. If the break happened while they owned the horse, they will be able to get them for you.
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post #6 of 9 Old 11-26-2012, 06:25 AM
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To me, it seems a bit silly to get a horse you can't jump while you wait around looking for a horse that can.

And there's no guarantees with horses. You might find it difficult to move him on when you find another horse and then be stuck with two.

To me its a bad move to get a horse you don't really want just because he's cheap. If you want a horse for jumping wait for a horse for jumping.

This injury is always going to play on your mind. Just my two cents, but its very much a personal choice, I'd never get an injured horse, free or not. Horses are risky enough as is, and a free horse costs no less to keep than an expensive one. I've spent much more money transporting my horse around than I spent buying her.
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post #7 of 9 Old 11-26-2012, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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Here is additional information that I received from the owner of the horse....

He has an old coffin joint chip and at once had an injury to his deep flexor tendon- he is okay for light work, trail riding, and slow in the hunt field. He can not jump too much or high (18 inches is best). He also can not do any hard galloping. He is on adequan knock off brand ($30 a month).
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Thank you for everyones input on this horse...I decided not to take him.
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post #9 of 9 Old 11-26-2012, 07:32 PM
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My bosses horse fractured his coffin bone but he is back to showjumping 4ft plus and XC. Depends on each case.
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