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    05-06-2013, 11:17 PM
I'm still somewhat fairly new with this trainer. I've been with her less than a year but she's definitely helpful. She gave me her opinion of him after two lessons with him on-site. She's familiar with green horses and how you have to communicate more on their level. I don't want to make the mistake again of getting a horse that doesn't have the conformation to do what I want. It's nice having a good eye helping me out :)

I watched a video about palpating certain areas to determine if the horse has gastric ulcers. I'm going to try it out and see if he reacts.

Thanks for the luck! He's coming Thursday to my barn so I'll keep updated
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    05-09-2013, 10:48 AM
Well, it might be even longer until there's an update. Barn owner doesn't want him to stay a night and casinos owner has no possible way of picking him up this evening. Yet another postpone.
This is the third time or so that I've tried making a date to have him hauled over (only a 20 minute round trip between the two barns, not counting the time it takes to get him in the trailer). And one of the parties involved always has an issue. It's really aggravating. And in two weeks they're going to California for however long.
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    05-09-2013, 11:32 AM
Geeeez ....can you officially rent a stall for one night?

So what does your trainer think anyway, good match? If yes, maybe you should go ahead, do the PPE and get him
...if not, they can bring him along when coming to Cali....I'd be interested
    05-09-2013, 12:53 PM
I'm not sure what's up with the barn owner. Last month when I tried getting casino to visit, the owners were going out of town later in the day and so there was no one to bring him back home. The barn owner offered to let casino stay the WEEKEND and yet she says no to one night now because she doesn't want him to stress out to much or possibly colic/have a problem.

She likes him. I asked if we looked good together, meaning compatible, but she took it as proportionate haha. I didn't want to correct her because I'm still trying to get to know her better and I'm shy. I called her this morning to tell her the situation so she said we can have a lesson tomorrow where casino lives. After the lesson I will ask her if I should just get a vet check like you said. We'll see.

Haha I'm sure you'd love to take him ;) if I do buy him you can live vicariously through me
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    05-09-2013, 01:00 PM
Well thank you

But seriously, I think it's a pretty good sign that the seller lets you ride him whenever you want. I don't think they're hiding anything.
    05-09-2013, 02:26 PM
I think she's very honest about him especially since we've known each other so long. I just have my reservations about him because looking at his back hooves there are sure signs that he drags both feet in the back. This in addition to how he lunges going clockwise on the rope makes me wonder if there's in fact something wrong with his back end. Or maybe I'm way off and it's just a fitness issue.
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    05-09-2013, 02:48 PM
Farrier/trimmer, fitness and also horses favor one side over the other. My second TB hated clockwise. It's not my good side either, so you can imagine there was trouble. The first TB I had liked clockwise, so we helped each other out.
    05-09-2013, 07:36 PM
I'll definitely change farriers if I get him. Casino has been barefoot for the last 5 years and the farrier I used was also a podiatrist and she was amazing. She fixed Callie's hooves where I didn't even know was an issue. Then she made a case study of it to show me and describe what was wrong and how she was fixing it. She's awesome haha.
I'll cross my fingers. I've faced so much disappointment with trying to get him to my barn already that it has killed my enthusiasm a bit. I just want to have it decided if I buy him before the owners go to California because we have a 'cooperation with your horse' type of clinic being held at my barn early June. I thought it would be cool to be a part of that with casino.
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    05-09-2013, 08:22 PM
It's all up to you... -)
    05-10-2013, 02:25 PM
Ok so update! My trainer came out today to give me a lesson on Casino. After not having been ridden for only a week Casino regressed like I have never seen before. It was horrible. For an hour I tried getting on him. My trainer even lunged him for a bit to get rid of some energy but that didn't help.
Eventually, I got on him but he immediately locked up his legs and he made it obvious that he wanted me off. He was bucking and his head was down. Malicious. When he a stopped I dismounted and we went back to basics again. After a long time I got on him again and it was worse. My trainer was yelling for me to jump off but I was too afraid to jump off while he was going haywire. The second he stopped I got off.
Every time I go to see him I spend more time just trying to get on him than ride him.

My trainer originally really liked him but she had only seen him twice before. Today she said that unless I'm absolutely in love with him and see a future with him she recommended that I not buy him. There are just plenty more cons than pros. He doesnt even have great manners. I thought I could handle it all but she said he would be a bigger project than we anticipated. She said that with my safety in mind first she would pass on this. This was a huge, huge red flag.

So back to the drawing board I suppose.
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