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  • Do you have to wait until a horses's splint completely cools down to ride?
  • Buying a horse with a splint fractue

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    07-24-2009, 10:07 AM
Unhappy Help on buying a new horse?

I have been looking into buying this horse. I rode him for an hour and a half at his owner's arena, and he did fine. Really easy mouth, will stand quietly, you can rub and pat all over him, picks his feets up, and has advanced to loping the barrel pattern. He's a pretty good price, and I didn't know if I should be careful of that. But hey, with the economy, I've bought this nice horse for only $800 a few months back. I just found it funny a horse at this price that could already lope the barrel pattern and did very well.

I adore this horse, though. We 'clicked' and worked pretty well together. I paid for him to get vet checked this morning. The vet said he had old leg splints when he checked his front legs out.... What are those? His legs didn't seem to bother him when I was running my hand along them, and I didn't feel any heat. When I rode him there was no lameness.

I read this about them, on Horse Splints: Equine Treatment and Prevention

While splints are entirely treatable, they will require their time to heal, and no matter which treatment option you choose, the swelling does not go down quickly. Yet the sooner you beginning the smaller the swelling will be!
His pulse rate was 54 as well.

I aim to use him for rodeo queen events and eventually barrel racing or roping. Should I go ahead and pass him up and continue with my search?
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    07-24-2009, 10:24 AM
Splints are not a reason to completely discount a horse. My QH Denny has them horrible and is completely sound. Basically what causes a splint is the horse fractures the splint bone in their foreleg and the buildup of calcium after the break heals is what causes the bumps. After the initial injury has healed, there is no lameness and no problems. The only issue I have heard of is horses who consistently break the splint bone and the calcium builds up enough to interfere with the joint mobility (pretty rare). Cowboys in the old days would not consider a horse broke until they had at least 1 splint bump. The difference in times huh? If you clicked with him and like how he handles, then snatch him up (providing that was the only thing the vet found). If he has the speed and handle, then he should be good for just about anything you want to do. The only thing that I suggest is getting some good boots for his front legs and use them every time you ride just to prevent further splint injury. I would love to see some pix of him if possible.

The only thing I wonder about... Was his heart rate taken after you rode him? It is just a tad bit high (not terrible though).
    07-24-2009, 11:31 AM
I really do like this horse, and it usually takes weeks for me to get used to one. I have some splint boots I could put on him, so that would be good. He's about 15.5 hh, by the way. Maybe a little less.

I told the vet I wanted to be completely thorough, so I trotted him around (on lead) so he could watch his movement, (he moved fine) and then his pulse was taken. (I can also say he didn't seem to enjoy being there. He isn't taken but once a year to the vet I was told.)

    07-24-2009, 02:14 PM
Oooh, he is pretty. He looks like a very nice horse with no serious conformational faults that I can see. He is cow-hocked but that is very common. That would also explain why his heart was a little bit fast. LOL If you like him and he passed all other aspects of the vet check, I would go for it.

BTW, is he 15.5 or is that a typo. Height measurement goes in 4 inch incriments, 15, 15.1, 15.2, 15.3, 16, ect. Ect.
    07-24-2009, 03:28 PM
I meant 15.3hh, because he's not 16hh but close. I apologize.

:) But he's a pleasure to be around, he'll follow you around in the pasture like a pup. He doesn't neck rein quite the best, but that's because he wasn't really worked with that much on it because he was always rode with two hands. He does really well with it for not being trained to do it, though.

:) Thank you, thank you, thank you. I will be calling her today about him.
    07-24-2009, 06:47 PM
Hey, no worries. No need to apologize. I hope all goes well and you reach an agreement. YAY!! New horses are always fun.
    07-26-2009, 06:42 PM
Good luck!
    07-27-2009, 08:33 AM
Thank you both :)

Here's another picture of him, without all the tack. He's a little on the heavy side, but that's because he had been on 'pasture break'.

I can't say enough good things about him. He's such a mellow horse, but has alot of "get up and go". I'm going to get him today, I can't wait!
    07-27-2009, 03:50 PM
Yay, congrats!! He is quite the looker and I'm sure he will make a wonderful horse for you.
    07-27-2009, 04:39 PM
Aw I am glad it is going to work out for you!

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