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        01-16-2009, 05:57 PM
    Some Better News (ottb)

    I got just a bit more info on "Rowdy". So far, all I know is that one huge reason he was limping was a stone in his hoof. This is a relief somewhat.

    He has a few scars...that will really affect my scores if I ever did show him. BUT hopefully that can be changed if I do take him.

    Another lady has offered to take him but my friend wants to GIVE him to me if I am willing to take the chance.

    Opinions please?
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        01-16-2009, 06:12 PM
    Blu, can you comfortable afford another horse? Are you okay with dealing with an OTTB? They can be quite... spirited... at times.

    It's very enticing to just say "heck ya!!!" to a free horse... but think.. he's free for a reason. If times got really tough, would you be able to support him through it, even if he got hurt and needed a vet, or be able to sell him quickly?

    A stone bruise may be the cause of lameness, but I personally would NEVER buy a horse with any kind of lameness at the time of purchase... the stone bruise could be hiding something worse.

    I hate to be saying all this... if you feel it's right, then by all means go for it, but think with your head, not your heart.

    Best of luck!!
        01-16-2009, 06:15 PM
    I haven't made any decision yet and I don't plan to without further "investigation". I kno that no animal is free.

    You know I value your opinion always! THANKS!
        01-16-2009, 07:31 PM
    I have to agree with JDI that I would never buy a horse that was lame on the day of purchase.

    On the other hand, my horse was given to me for free, and she's the best thing that ever happened to me. I will never ever regret her. Obviously, this is an exception and not the rule to free horses.

    I would continue to do what you are doing --- investigating, and see how he turns out. You may want to do a vet check on him as well.

    Good luck! OTTB's are amazing horses.
        01-16-2009, 08:51 PM
    Definitely JR, there are some amazing free horses out there.... it's a shame they're not the majority, but it definitely can happen.

    Blu, you're a smartie, I'm sure you'll make the decision that's best for you. My only warning is to not take a lame horse... it might get better, it might not. You know all this though!!
        01-16-2009, 10:14 PM
    Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
    Definitely JR, there are some amazing free horses out there.... it's a shame they're not the majority, but it definitely can happen.
    Yeah for sure. It's funny how someone can maybe pay x amount of money on a horse that causes huge problems vs. a free horse that causes no problems whatsoever. But every situation is entirely different. Jubilee was seriously a very rare exception.
        01-16-2009, 10:54 PM
    Yes, be careful. While I lucked out with Lisa, I knew I was taking a big risk. Also, I didn't expect to be able to ride her. She was meant to be companion only. She was dead lame in both front legs (tendons) and all four hooves were not in a happy place. As it turned out, I ride her regularly and hard, but no jumping or small circles.

    So, while it CAN turn out better than expected, you are better off to be conservative in your estimation of the future.

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