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post #11 of 22 Old 10-01-2013, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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I've seen a registered foal go for $1500 here.

I know his price is expensive for not having papers or anything and I would plan to bargain with them if I decided to buy him, but it doesn't matter a whole lot to me if they are registered or not.

Does he look like he would be able to do jumping when he's older? I would really love to get into jumping. I know it's hard to tell with foals.

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post #12 of 22 Old 10-01-2013, 02:16 PM
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Yes, he probably could...most horses that are sound can, but that doesn't mean that he'll be any good at it.

If you're looking for a horse to do jumping with, then cow bred horses like him are not really the ideal place to look. He likely won't mature to be very tall and they are generally genetically inclined to stay close to the ground and dig in rather than be up and floaty like your typical English horse.

That being said, if you're just looking to do low levels or just goof around with jumping, he could probably do just fine, depending on his temperament.

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Yes, he probably could...most horses that are sound can, but that doesn't mean that he'll be any good at it.

If you're looking for a horse to do jumping with, then cow bred horses like him are not really the ideal place to look. He likely won't mature to be very tall and they are generally genetically inclined to stay close to the ground and dig in rather than be up and floaty like your typical English horse.

That being said, if you're just looking to do low levels or just goof around with jumping, he could probably do just fine, depending on his temperament.
Exactly. Case in point my guy. He CAN jump, but man is it ugly, uncomfortable and almost embarrassing. Good thing I didn't want him to do any jumping with. Some have the ability to do it at least OK-others-YIKES! Some jump like a deer even. And with cutting lines I bet he could run out on a jump and leave you in the dirt with the best of them! Just Kidding......lol
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post #14 of 22 Old 10-01-2013, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks!

I don't know what my mule was bred for but he jumps good, he's 15.2-15.3 :) But if I even do jump at all it's just for fun like how I do with my mule.

There is this other free thoroughbred colt I saw, he hasn't really been handled and he has a hernia. What's a hernia? I've seen a lot of free foals because they have that.

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post #15 of 22 Old 10-01-2013, 02:35 PM
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A mule is a whole different ball game. I've never seen a mule that couldn't jump, though not all of them do it pretty. That's something that they get from the donkey parent, like their long ears.

A hernia really isn't that big of a deal, it's something that surgery can easily correct. That's one reason why foals with them are often free because you're immediately talking a $100+ vet bill to get it fixed right off the bat. Taz had one, I got it fixed the same time he was gelded, and now you can't even tell he had one.

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Oh okay thanks! It sounded like something more serious than that.

The highest I've even "jumped" was a one foot log but I've seen my mule jump a two foot brick wall for the water to run around. And he does it effortlessly. :)

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How bad the hernia is determines the cost of surgery. If it is a small one that is easy to fix the cost isn't more than what you'd probably pay for him without if he is really young. If it is a major one or there are issues that come up during surgery it can get expensive.
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$950, no papers AND a hernia???????? Run don't walk away.

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Nope, it's another colt that is free that has a hernia. Not this one. ;)

And another question, not that I would do it but what would happen if someone didn't remove the hernia?

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post #20 of 22 Old 10-01-2013, 03:39 PM
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You can buy registered broke and ready to ride horses around here if you look in the right places - there's going to be plenty of camp horses riding school and trail riding centre horses hitting the auctions in the next couple of months before now the seasons over and I imagine that's the same most places
You pay that much for a baby and by the time you've kept him for a couple of years, paid any vet bills, maybe a trainer to help break him that's added on even more money that he probably isn't going to be worth.
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