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post #1 of 20 Old 03-05-2010, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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Went and looked at a horse today....mini rant (long).

I went and looked at a horse for the first time ever. We've finally got a place big enough to have horses at home, so I finally get to go horse shopping .

I was so excited to look at a horse that might actually become mine. The following is a really long description of what I found instead (I'm writing about my frustration here, to spare my poor non horsey husband from my repeated venting ).

I went to look at a mare today and was very disappointed. She was advertised as bomb proof, and she definitely acted the part. But she was so dull and blank. I started wondering if she was drugged, but when they put her away and went to get her some hay she perked up a little and even whinnied.

I think it may be that she was just putting up with the people stuff to get to what she really wanted (food). She was calm, but she exuded an attitude of not really caring what was happening to her or around her - like she knows her job, but she's just tolerating all the stupid stuff us humans want to put her through.

Now it also could be she was very uncomfortable, seeing as the owner has definitely been lax in the basic care department. They got her back in December and have never gotten her feet done - and she is in shoes so she has no way to naturally wear her hooves down. She was tripping every once in a while at the walk and she looked stiff in back.

I tried picking her hooves and after digging way down, I caught the tell tale smell of thrush. When I made a that smells bad sound, the lady casually said, "Oh she probably just has a little thrush." Her hooves were packed - you'd think if you were selling a horse, you'd have picked her hooves before someone came at a scheduled time to see her. Then again, I could believe the owner has never picked that mares hooves.

I told her I'd like to look at the mare again once her feet get done (she told me she's calling a farrier tomorrow :roll:) - I'm trying to give the mare the benefit of the doubt, everyone can have a bad day, and once her feet feel better she might be more energetic (plus my kids loved her). If this weren't my first horse, and I was up for a gamble, I'd have offered the owner $500 cash on the spot (the asking price is $1500 - no way she's selling for that in her current condition) just to get her out of there.

The worst part was that while the owner was claiming not to have the money for a farrier (or worming, or vaccinations) for the mare, she was also telling me about her other horse she has at a trainer. It was like he was her golden boy who got all the money, and the mare was stuck with the crumbs.

Kudos to anyone who made it this far. Here's a couple pictures, since it's always more fun to get to see pictures .



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post #2 of 20 Old 03-05-2010, 12:26 AM
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I understand the Golden boy thing. Cowboy's the home favorite - but everyone still gets loves and care... maybe she's strapped because of her golden boy?

Cute mare, looks nice and solid n__n

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post #3 of 20 Old 03-05-2010, 02:06 AM
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The mare does look like she is falling asleep in the second picture..... but perhaps you caught her with her eyes closed.... I was always told to set a time to see the horse and then show up an hour early to see if the sellers are sneaking anything- like running the horse to death before they ride it or something like that.... it may sound rude to some, but if they have nothing to hide, then it should not be a problem..... good luck :)
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but if they have nothing to hide, then it should not be a problem..... good luck
Unless they have lives and errands to do, or if they're at work. I know if I showed up and someone had been lingering around my property with no one on it, I'd be ticked. That's a liability.

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Almost,

She also looks a little underweight and wormy. Hard to tell from the photo, but she also looks to have very, very little muscle, particularly over her hind end.

If she has limited turn out, that could explain it, but back or hind end issues/discomfort could also explain it and the fact that she's a dead head.

I think she's be quite attractive cleaned up and in shape, but the big question is, what will she *act* like once she feels good? I have a friend who frequently buys backyardigans, brings them home, feeds thems, worms them, shoes them, puts them on joint supplements and in general treats them like show horses - the behavior changes are amazing once they're leading the good life.

If you otherwise like her, and you're up for a gamble, I'd offer the $500.
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Almost,

She also looks a little underweight and wormy. Hard to tell from the photo, but she also looks to have very, very little muscle, particularly over her hind end.

If she has limited turn out, that could explain it, but back or hind end issues/discomfort could also explain it and the fact that she's a dead head.

I think she's be quite attractive cleaned up and in shape, but the big question is, what will she *act* like once she feels good?
I hadn't even thought of the possible behavior changes if she started feeling good - if she got pushy or aggressive that might be hard for me to deal with.

Assuming the owner was telling the truth (I know that's a big assumption when buying a horse ), she doesn't know anything about this mare's background, other than she was a lesson horse and the lady she bought her from had a 10 year old on her. They don't even know how she trailers because they had her delivered. They didn't get a vet check, and haven't had any professional look at her since they got her in December.

She's been very quiet for the owner since she got her, but that could stem from feeling lousy for a lot longer than December. I told my husband, if we were better set up and I had more experience, I'd have tried to buy her on the spot, and he wasn't surprised a bit - he said he already knows I like to rescue dogs .

Thanks for the input everyone .

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I can't see her photos. I will have to look when I get home. As for the thrush, it's winter. When I go to look at a horse I want to pick the hooves and groom then and tack them myself. I also want to see them caught out in the field or wherever they are. I don't feel comfortable when they've been caught and groomed. What if the owner is hiding something?

December to now isn't THAT long to not have the hooves done, it's long but not horribly. I would look at her again I think.....

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I agre…. If you liked her, I'd take second look. And as far as the horse not having her feet done since Dec, I agree too that in winter that is not all that long either. I'd look past that.
I'd contact the owner back and say you want a second look. BUT you want to catch her, groom her etc. She denies that request walk on, if she she says no problem...great.
Also just beacuse she looked like she was "tolerating" handling doesn't mean she doesn't enjoy the handling. Some horses just aren't all cuddly and alert to things around them.
If you and your family liked her, take another look and offer what you think is fair. If you get her home, and she turns out to be too much horse for you then you can always resell..but I highly doubt that she will turn from dead quiet to physhco mare lol..
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They have not had her very long. Will they tell you the name of who they bought her from? Maybe you can call the previous owner and get more details about her.
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Is she registered? What is she?

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