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        11-13-2012, 08:37 PM
      #11
    Trained
    She is pretty young to have all these issues, IMO. I guess it depends on how much maintenance you want for the years to come. My old guy didn't really develop arthritis until 18 or there abouts, and he is serviceable sound, just no longer has a left lead(he is uncomfortable and I don't force it). As long as you know the issues and are willing to accept that, that is totally your decision. I think she is young to have the possibility of limited use.
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        11-13-2012, 10:50 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    Couple of questions here. You said you went on a long trail ride in the beginning. Was she used to that level of work? Think how you might feel if someone sent you out on a 10 mile hike with a 40 pound pack on your back, when you had just been lounging around home for the last few months. Wouldn't you feel pretty stiff & sore?

    And if she was out of shape, did you tell the vet about the long ride?
         
        11-14-2012, 08:25 AM
      #13
    Foal
    She was doing that kind of work for a long time, and then she sat in a pasture for 6 months. I worked with her in the arena, lungeing and riding between a walk and a canter for about a week before the trail ride. I probably should have worked with her more, but we weren't planning on doing such a rough trail. We found some other riders and they showed us some new trail that was a little rougher than we had planned for.

    I did tell the vet about her time off, how much I worked with her before the trail, and the long trail ride.
         
        11-14-2012, 12:30 PM
      #14
    Foal
    If arthritis is confirmed I would walk away. Arthritis doesnt go away and later on will end up spreading. The long trail rides could be too much for a horse with arthritis plus in a few years youll have to get more supplements and probably shots once a month from the vet to help with it. The only reason I would get her is if she was what I call a love horse. A horse that you have a relationship with that you wouldnt want to loose.
         
        11-14-2012, 12:46 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by PaintedMare    
    if arthritis is confirmed I would walk away. Arthritis doesnt go away and later on will end up spreading. The long trail rides could be too much for a horse with arthritis plus in a few years youll have to get more supplements and probably shots once a month from the vet to help with it. The only reason I would get her is if she was what I call a love horse. A horse that you have a relationship with that you wouldnt want to loose.
    That's the problem I'm having. I'm absolutely in love with her. We have this bond that's unlike any other horse I've ridden, and if that wasn't there, it would be easier for me to walk away.
         
        11-14-2012, 12:52 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    10 is awfully young to have arthritis. If your worried about negotiating $500 price difference I would pass on this horse. The maintenance is expensive! Supplements, joint injections, x-rays, bute, magnetic devices, led light blankets... The list goes on. Then when she is to arthritic to be ridden? She will still need somewhere to live, food, shoes, supps, meds, etc. Then will you be able to afford another while paying for the maintenance of this one?

    A horse with visible arthritic changes this young is probably going to be a money pit! If you dead set I would get set if xrays on not only the joints that are effected but on the ones that aren't as well.
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        11-14-2012, 12:57 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DixieKate    
    She was doing that kind of work for a long time, and then she sat in a pasture for 6 months. I worked with her in the arena, lungeing and riding between a walk and a canter for about a week before the trail ride.
    I'm not a vet, but translating human experience into horse muscles, I would GUESS that it's a lot more likely to just be soreness from overwork.
         
        11-14-2012, 12:57 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Thanks for the advice.
         
        11-14-2012, 01:02 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jamesqf    
    I'm not a vet, but translating human experience into horse muscles, I would GUESS that it's a lot more likely to just be soreness from overwork.
    This is what I'm wondering as well. Could joint misalignment (she's a little crooked) and overwork cause joint pain and popping temporarily?
         
        11-14-2012, 01:51 PM
      #20
    Trained
    Could you lease her or would the owner allow you to work with her and condition her? That might help you sort it out better, unless you want to get films done.....If she is "crooked" I would call a chiro to look at her and help sort it out. Can't hurt. I have a chiro who I actually prefer to a vet for lameness issues. She is much more astute at seeing the slightest gimp, ones that are imperceptible to me for sure.

    Too bad you are so far away-she travesla LOT, but I think she sticks to the East Coast, perhaps Ohio.......
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