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    10-03-2012, 06:14 PM
Buying a Horse with Arthritis?

She is a 15 year old Paso Fino. Just started showing signs of arthritis. This would be my first horse that I would be owning. She is well mannered and an awesome horse. I just don't want to get into something I can't handel. Advise is very welcome. They are asking $500.
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    10-03-2012, 06:56 PM
Personally I wouldn't pay 500... In this day and age people lie a lot I'm not sure I would trust it without a VERY thorough vet check and the possibility that she may require joint treatment of some kind, alterations of feed, special farrier work, etc... Just because a horse looks like it isn't hurting too bad doesn't mean it isn't in a whole lot of pain.

If you're alright with that and you know for a fact that her training is up to your ability then by all means I'd say give her a nice semi retirement home as a beginner horse. If this sounds like it's too much for you, winter is coming and hay is getting more expensive that's a fact so it's very likely you'll find what your looking for at the same price point and no major issues to boot.
    10-03-2012, 06:59 PM
I would pass. She'll require extra vet work and, most likely, medication, which means more money.
There are plently of older horses out there without health problems.
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    10-04-2012, 08:43 AM
Her owner now has had her 12 years and I've seen her a lot and even rode her and now all of a sudden she's been limping. I also have been offered a free horse by someone else but she's 19. I just can't win for loosing.
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    10-04-2012, 09:22 AM
Don't immediately write off an older horse, just because of their age. 19 doesn't necessarily make the horse an old beaten down windbag.
I would be wary though, just because a "free" horse is usually free for a reason and you might end up spending tons of money on vet bills and corrective farrier work.
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    10-04-2012, 09:23 AM
She's had two babies and possibly pregnant now
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    10-04-2012, 09:27 AM
Ah, well, you didn't mention that!
Yeah....pass on that one too. But keep looking and the right horse will show up.
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    10-04-2012, 09:27 AM
It's just getting frustrating you know?
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    10-04-2012, 09:30 AM
Originally Posted by Linzie    
She's had two babies and possibly pregnant now
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You do NOT want a pregnant mare. You simply don't have the experience and skill sets necessary to deal with a pregnant horse and the resulting foal. That's just a trainwreck waiting to happen.

There are plenty of sane, sound, RIDEABLE horses out there who are going for next to nothing. Don't take on someone elses problems.

You can get a decent horse for free, but as Trista said, there's always a reason they're free. My TB was free, but I spent several thousands of dollars putting retraining on him since he'd just come off the racetrack and didn't know how to do anything except run to the left.
    10-04-2012, 09:31 AM
I wouldnt be doing anything with foal. They would pay all vet bills and take baby in the end.
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