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post #1 of 7 Old 07-02-2012, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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questions about a 16 yr old gelding

Hello I have a few questions. I found a gelding that is 16 he is a ex barrel racer that is currently being rode by children around 12 yrs of age my questions are the current owners said if he is ridden hard by adults he would need a dose of bute should I be concerned about this? we only ride for about 45 min and walking:) nothing crazy he is on pasture and in winter he is on hay and beet pulp every other day. Iam just not sure about getting a horse that is 16 our other horses are 6 and 3 so Iam just not sure they told me that the only reason they give him bute if adults ride him and he gets sore I attached a pic as well
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-02-2012, 12:16 AM
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His age is not reason for concern, but the bute is.
Why does he need the bute? What's going on with him?
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post #3 of 7 Old 07-02-2012, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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HE only gets the bute if an adult rides him longer than an hour or runs him i guess he has some arthritis issues is what i was told he would be my 10 yr olds horse I want something that has been there done that but i dont want a nightmare either if you know what i mean:)
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-02-2012, 12:19 AM
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Hes cute but if he needs bute i think you should walk away from that one...
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He also looks extremely swayback. The arthritis will get worse in time.
Hard for a child to love a horse to lose them to lameness in a short time.
I would walk from this one. If an hour with an adult will make him lame, its probably closer to "anytime" an adult rides him and possibly more than just arthritis.
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-02-2012, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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Thats the feeling I was having I guess i just need someone other then my hubby to tell me NO :) I dont want to bring in another horse especially for my daughter then her not be able to ride she would be devastated.
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-02-2012, 01:45 AM
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Those older horses can be so awesome. I have a 27 year old mare that we just love to pieces. She has always taken excellent care of my daughter on the trails. When every horse is acting crazy, she will be standing there looking at them as if they are a bunch of idiots. If there ever comes a day that she has to have bute to be ridden, then we will retire her.

Definitely pass on the horse you are looking at, but don't let that cause you to skip other older horses.
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