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Would you buy a horse that had a history of laminitis?

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    01-16-2012, 03:37 PM
For what I do, I would not. My horses are maintained at peak performance levels in the riding season with constant, rigorous exercise. My show schedule is such that it would be unwise to take on a horse with soundness problems that could put us out for a season. For someone who does more pleasure or backyard riding and is willing to spend money to control the problem, it might not be such a deal-breaker.
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    01-16-2012, 03:49 PM
FWIW, the mare has been sound for two years. The last xrays taken in October last year show no rotation. But further xrays are on the list for the PPE. Considering I don't show anymore, and honestly at this rate I really doubt I will again, I'm not concerned with that.

However, I really value outside input.
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    01-16-2012, 03:52 PM
I agree with everyone else. There are just too many horses going really cheap nowadays to waste time on one with issues, whether those issues are physical or mental.

If one of my current horses foundered or had laminitis, I would care for them and keep them, but I'd never willingly buy one.
    01-16-2012, 06:29 PM
I would not because of the cost to get the horse healthy
    01-16-2012, 06:52 PM
I guess I'm playing the Devil advocate here.. Haha :) I'd say if you really like her and believe that she can do everything you want to do with her, go for it! My pony has been laminitis prone for 8 years and the only time he came up lame was when he got a hold of some alfalfa. AND he was barefoot for 6 of those 8 years. Only reason he has shoes now is because he stepped on a rock when we were running barrels and got a deep abcess that left a good sized hole in his hoof.

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