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        09-17-2010, 11:35 AM
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    Foal
    Thinking of buying a TB. advice pls???

    Hi everyone! I am taking a drive this sunday to look at a 3 1/2 yr old TB gelding that seems like a dream. Here is the post, and a brief description she sent me.

    Thoroughbred Gelding for sale

    "LUCKY" AS WE CALL HIM IS A SWEET HORSE THAT NEEDS A GOOD ONE ON ONE HOME, HERE HE IS THE BOTTOM OF THE PECKING ORDER AND BEING BY HIMSELF WOULD BE WONDERFUL FOR HIM.
    HE WOULD LOVE A LOT OF ATTENTION.
    WE HAVE NEVER SHOD HIM, BUT TRIMMED HIM A FEW TIMES, HE STILL NEEDS A LITTLE WORK WITH THE HIND LEGS, DOES NOT KICK OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT, JUST DOES NOT WANT TO HOLD THEM UP VERY LONG.
    WE JUST USE A HACKAMORE ON HIM AND HE REINS WELL WITH IT, HE HAS A NICE WALK AND A SMOOTH LOPE.
    MY GRANDDAUGHTER IS A GOOD RIDER AND HAS HER OWN HORSE, BUT IN THE PAST HER EX BOY FRIEND, WHO IS NOT A RIDER AT ALL, RODE THIS HORSE, SO DID HIS LITTLE SISTER.
    I BOUGHT THIS HOUSE LAST SPRING ONLY BECAUSE I FELT SORRY FOR HIM, HE WAS VERY SKINNY AND THE MAN WAS WHIPPING HIM.
    I WAS SURE I COULD FATTEN HIM UP AND GET HIM A GOOD HOME. I PAID $800 FOR HIM AND HAVE SHOTS, WORMING, HAULING, ETC INTO HIM NOW.
    HE HAS GAINED A LOT OF WEIGHT BUT I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A LITTLE MORE WEIGHT ON HIM.


    I could use some advice on what to be aware of, what questions to ask, and any concerns any of you see in this horse. I don't believe he is an ex-racer. She also said ehr g-daughter has been riding him all year on trails, and he has been great, even when a deer jumped across there path. Any advice would be much appreciated!!!
         
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        09-17-2010, 04:13 PM
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    Yearling
    I would be a little worried about the $800 price =/ I'm not sure but it seems a little cheap for a well trained horse.
         
        09-17-2010, 04:33 PM
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    The whole ad makes me want to run in the other direction.

    It doesn't say a thing about what the horse actually does - walk, trot, canter both ways of the ring? Jump? Trail ride? English or Western, even?

    In the context of this ad, "boyfriend ...and little sister rode" could mean got on and were lead around.

    It also doesn't mention if he's off the track, or home bred, or what his initial traintg was.

    The person writing the ad is not a horse person; or purposely pretending to be ignorant.

    The "Needs a lot of attention" and difficulty handling his hind feet are also potential red flags.

    You don't mention what your experience level is, or what you want to do with the horse, which are key considerations.

    But even not knowing those two things, this ad says "RUN AWAY!" to me.
         

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