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post #11 of 13 Old 12-29-2011, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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Here's a couple of pics of him. He is such a pretty sweet horse, its such a pity about that leg
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post #12 of 13 Old 12-29-2011, 10:08 PM
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It seems like you are already falling for him... but be aware that that leg is going to really limit what you can do with him, and while that may be fine for now, what about in a year or two as you grow... you have a horse that can't grow with you.

I have lost a really great gelding to ringbone and arthritis... after 12 really good years. It's heartbreaking, unbelievably expensive, and makes them unable to sell even if you really, really need to.

Please really consider if you want to devote your time and money to an unsound, green, and somewhat broncy horse when there are many very sound, healthy, and sane horses out there also facing an uncertain future.

He is very cute, so if you decide to keep him, I wish you the best...

There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. - Nelson Mandela
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post #13 of 13 Old 12-29-2011, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Ace
Yes, I have been over every scenario in my head - costs, future heartache, inability to re-home if necessary but I keep coming back to the fact that I have bonded with him in a big way already and couldnt ever forgive myself for him being sent to the works. I have already been out today and spent about $100 on joint supplements and other minerals so the costs will probably start adding up quite quickly. Given that I only want to ride for pleasure and it will only be 2-3 hacks per week I want to persevere with trying to get him to the point where I can at least ride him safely. If that doesnt work then I have a friend who runs a horse sanctuary and could look at rehoming him as a paddock mate or as a last resort put him down humanely, at least I would know he didnt have to endure the possible horror of ending up at the meat works. So no more riding at this stage, we are starting from the ground again using the information other people provided. Thanks everyone for your input, hopefully there will be a happy ending for this little guy.
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