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    05-08-2013, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by jaydee    
So you're going to see him then
That pic of him on the other thread standing outside the Pizza place says a lot for his temperament as its on a busy road and lots of stuff going on around there
Just don't get rushed into anything and give him a really good try - then if he seems OK get him checked out by a vet - even the nicest seeming people aren't above sedating horses or giving them pain killers to hide problems
Thanks jaydee- would a pre-vet exam tell if he has pain killers, etc in his system?

I am leaning toward this guy since he is actually saddle trained. I wasn't as nervous about going to see him, but now that my friend can't come along I am worried I will miss an obvious issue.

She is doing a health cert. Tomorrow as well as coggins in case he leaves her farm- is that a good sign that she is having that done? (Aka- she is confident he is healthy)?
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    05-08-2013, 06:35 PM
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Originally Posted by aharlov    
Thanks jaydee- would a pre-vet exam tell if he has pain killers, etc in his system?

I am leaning toward this guy since he is actually saddle trained. I wasn't as nervous about going to see him, but now that my friend can't come along I am worried I will miss an obvious issue.

She is doing a health cert. Tomorrow as well as coggins in case he leaves her farm- is that a good sign that she is having that done? (Aka- she is confident he is healthy)?
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A blood test will show any meds in his system - but be sure to ride him again etc if you do decide to go back to make sure he's still quiet as he was the first time.
You should always have your own independent vet certificate.
I'm slightly concerned as under CT law he should already have a Coggins - but I guess some people will avoid these costs if they can
I know you're fixed on this breed and he does sound nice but maybe you should look at some other horses as well before deciding on anything.
Did you mention you were in Mass.? Heritage Farm usually have some good trail horses and the Rauchers seem to be well thought of. They can usually help you find what you want if they don't have it there.
Not trying to put you off here - just widen your scope.
     
    05-08-2013, 06:48 PM
  #13
Weanling
I will google Heritage Farm and take a look!

Thanks for the suggestions.

Also- I believe his coggins is already due, since the vet is coming out to do vaccines and coggins and she said she will have a health cert done so in case I like him she doesn't need to do another vet call.
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    05-08-2013, 06:51 PM
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It sounds as if she is being honest. Nothing wrong with her Vet doing a health cert, he sure is not going to lie about any issue. It is easier if a someone can go with you. I kinda liked the description of this horse from the first post.
     
    05-08-2013, 08:18 PM
  #15
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Nice horse!
Sounds like you are ready for your own horse to me! : )
     
    05-14-2013, 09:53 AM
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Did you get round to looking at him?
     
    05-14-2013, 10:00 AM
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Did you get round to looking at him?
I am definitely going, but I can't get there until May 25!! So we have a bit of time. The owner has been updating me via Facebook on how he's going on the trails, etc. I am a bit impatient, but I know a week and a half will fly by.
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    05-14-2013, 10:56 AM
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That's actually good because it means they'll be putting some effort in to getting a bit of mileage under his saddle before you go and if you do like him and think he's 'the one' then he's going to be trail ready for you.
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    05-14-2013, 05:56 PM
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Green Broke
The health certificate she's getting for him basically certifies that he was disease free at the time of exam. The vet won't have done any lameness checks, looked at teeth, eyes, etc. It's definitely a good idea to have a vet of your choosing do a pre-purchase exam before the sale is final.

Since you already know the seller, see if she will let you take him on a trial (at least 2 weeks, preferably 30 days) to get the pre-purchase exam done by your local vet and determine if he's really a good match for you. If she's truly interested in making sure he goes to a good home and thinks he would be a good horse for you, she shouldn't mind doing a trial period.
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    05-17-2013, 07:54 PM
  #20
Weanling
Ugh... Looks like I won't be getting that horse. The owner is asking more than I was originally planning on paying. She kept avoiding the question, and he isn't even for sale - She sought ME out and emailed ME about buying him because she knew me and knew I thought he was nice looking. I am so upset.
He definitely isn't worth her asking price.... she had him since a baby but didn't even break him to ride until he was 9. Then in the past 4 years, since then, has only put 30 rides in on him. Granted, he is a calm, level headed trail horse, despite all that. But still.
     

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