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post #1 of 55 Old 02-26-2014, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Wasn't sure where to put this .. thinking of buying a horse again

So, as some of you may know, I had bought a horse in May of 2013 and had gotten bucked off and crushed 6 vertebrates in my spine. About a month ago, I had started doing some therapeutic riding at the Whitemud Equine Facility here in Edmonton Alberta, and my back is doing pretty good! I told my riding instructor that I was planning on buying a horse, but was thinking that I should wait until September. She told me that as long as I buy a calm horse that will help build my confidence, I should be okay. She recommended this boy to me.

He's 14hh, and I'm 5'1 so it works out pretty well. I don't feel comfortable on large horses so I figured I'd go for something smaller. He's 12 years old and very mild-mannered, I was told. He's an appy cross and the owner doesn't know exactly what he's crossed with, but he thinks draft. I can't tell if he's stocky, or just fat lol. He's used for beginners because he's very lazy. You need to give him a few taps of a riding crop to get him trotting/cantering. I'm thinking of going to see him next week .. what do you guys think? I know the pictures suck but I'll get more when I go to see him.
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post #2 of 55 Old 02-26-2014, 04:17 PM
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He seems obese. As such, he might get much more spirited, when getting back to a healthier weight. Also, if his stickiness is caused by a problem in his spine or muscles, it may go away with proper help from a chiro.

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post #3 of 55 Old 02-26-2014, 04:18 PM
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he is a cutie, fur ball! What is his name?
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post #4 of 55 Old 02-26-2014, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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I'm the one with the back problems! Haha, he's just lazy. He is very fat. I'm actually taking a Equine Nutrition course right now and I see a lot of problems with his weight, but that's manageable. And I think if he lost some weight, I'd be able to handle his spiritedness if it comes to that once he looses weight.

And actually, you now what, he doesn't have a name!

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post #5 of 55 Old 02-26-2014, 04:34 PM
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Other than his weight my only concern is the bump on his belly. Is that a hernia or is that just fluff?
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post #6 of 55 Old 02-26-2014, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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You know what, I'm not quite sure. I thought maybe it was his manly part lol. It's in the 2nd and last picture. I've seen fat geldings before that have the same look.

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I would def check out the bump when you go to see him.
He's cute and needs some serious exercise. Can't wait to see how it goes when you try him!

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post #8 of 55 Old 02-26-2014, 04:43 PM
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The bump is too far forward to be his manly parts imo and looks right where his belly button is. I had a stunted QH colt come to me with a hernia right in the same spot, it was small and never got any bigger than a nickle size but had a swell bump like this guys but a whole lot smaller. Definitely get it checked out. Other than that he is a sweet looking fella. He looks like an appy I used to know, big bulky mare with the same coloring, she was a spitfire though. :)
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post #9 of 55 Old 02-26-2014, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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Called and asked the owner about the bump. He said that it's a small bump of scar tissue where he had an umbilical hernia removed when he was a baby, it just looks bigger because he's fluffy. He said that it doesn't bother him at all, not in the 12 years he's been alive.

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post #10 of 55 Old 02-26-2014, 05:07 PM
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that's good to know! I know some horses can live their whole lives with hernias and not cause them problems whatsoever but my vet told me once that he had to put a horse down because its hernia ripped open really bad internally- I'll spare you the details. I'm glad your boy was taken care of early on. The bump looked huge to me and it was really hard to tell how much was fluff and what was hernia bump. I'm sure him being fat doesnt help either lol
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