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    10-04-2012, 09:34 AM
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Showing
Then why would you be taking her now?

Let them foal her out, get the baby weaned, then take the mare. That is, if she's been trained under saddle. If she's never been anything except a broodmare, pass.
     
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    10-04-2012, 09:36 AM
  #12
Trained
If the mare is yours and she has a foal, you will have a foal to deal with for a few months. That is a fact unless you either seperate them at birth, or they original owners take her for the months until the foal is weaned.

I thought you had already decided against this one anyway? I have years of horse knowledge, and I wouldn't touch a mare in foal with a ten foot pole! I know better.
     
    10-04-2012, 09:42 AM
  #13
Foal
She's a nice ride. I'm still looking not decided on one yet. I would like something a little younger. I am still new yo all of this. They told me I could lease the mare for now if I want.
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    10-04-2012, 11:57 AM
  #14
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I agree with speedracer (and others) Leave this mare alone
The owners are just going to use you as the person doing the work and paying the bills until the foal is born.
If you X rayed most competition horses they would show up with some level of arthritis but there is a difference between being a little bit stiff or less supple/agile and actually limping
I know its frustrating but rushing into something just to feel you own a horse is a bad idea when you are so inexperienced as a novice its even more important that you take the time to spend getting something that will be fun and give you pleasure not a load of vet bills, stress and heartbreak.
Good luck with your search.
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    10-04-2012, 03:09 PM
  #15
Yearling
From the viewpoint of someone who recently purchased a mare who displayed signs of arthritis on a x-ray, I agree with jaydee. If the mare is only beginning the stages of arthritis, and you put her on a vet recommended supplement and you're willing to put in the extra effort to keep her sound, then go for it!

In my case, the vet said she was just showing signs of arthritis starting.. after she had seven years on the track. She said there was still a lot of cartilage left in the main area of worry. She recommended a supplement (which we have her on now) that would greatly slow the progression of the arthritis and she said that Indie could probably remain sound with a moderate workload, assuming we keep her on the supplements and take care of her legs.. for the next ten years. She said that she personally, has seen many OTTBs with similar injuries be good riding horses into their 20s.
     

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