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        11-15-2012, 03:39 PM
    So, I've made my decision. She has been sound for the past two weeks, so I was going to schedule x-rays and get a clear cut answer. Well, I grabbed her from the pasture today and tacked her and warmed her up on the ground and she was worse than ever. So lame today, and she's been at pasture and didn't do any work yesterday. I've been doing a lot of inner reflection and I'm so busy that if I'm going to own a horse, I want to be able to ride as much as I want for as long as I want every time I go out there. There is no point in having a horse that is lame half the time I want to ride, with expensive upkeep, and unable to ride trails like I want to do. I told the owner and she said she totally understood. So the search continues...I'm going to keep exercising her when she's sound until I find a horse/the owner sells her. It sucks but I feel like I'm making the right decision.
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        11-15-2012, 04:23 PM
    I think you're making the right decision too. You can still mess with her whenever you want, right? So that's something. One thing that I was going to mention before you made your decision is that 10 is awfully young to have a consistent mechanical lameness, regardless of whether it's from arthritis or something else. There are a lot of horses her age and younger that have arthritis from being used hard, but it doesn't cause lameness in them, only a slight hint of stiffness before warming them up.

    For her to have such problems that don't work themselves out within just a few minutes of warm-up, then it's something more serious than just slight arthritis and would likely require extensive and expensive treatment to keep her sound...if you could keep her sound at all.

    I'm sorry that you aren't able to get her, especially since she's such a nice horse, but you are making the right decision for the long term.

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