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tgreene 11-09-2011 09:34 PM

Anything wrong with this horse?
Hello I'm new here but i've been reading the forum for the past few months. Currently I own three Tenn. Walking Horses, and I am planning on getting rid of one or two of them and getting horses that I trust with anyone on them. Today I went and looked at this horse, and its' personality and temperment fit my needs perfectly but I wasn't very pleased with her conformation. It foaled about 5 months ago,I am fairly new to horses and am not that knowledgeable yet therefore I don't know the after effects of foaling to know if this is normal yet. She has a barrel belly, and though she looks fat she looks really bony at the same time and she lacks a lot of muscle mass along her topline. I'm wondering if this lack of muscle and pot belly are in any way caused by foaling. Would a good worming and some exercise get her back in shape, or should I just take a pass on her. I rode her and she seemed fine and moved pretty nicely, by the way she is not registered but is "supposed" to be a quarter horse. The owner is only asking $350 for the mare and foal together. He has just had knee surgery and is looking to get rid of the horses before winter hits since he only has a small pasture.

bubba13 11-10-2011 02:09 AM

I've honestly never seen that but I sure don't like it. The closest thing I can think is a prepubic tendon issue, but I don't know if that's the case. The mare is obviously in poor health. Sad thing is skinny and miserable-looking.

I would also suggest, before dumping your current horses, looking into riding lessons and a trainer to come out and evaluate them. Most "horse" problems end up being "human" problems, and getting new horses isn't going to fix that....

touchofsleep 11-10-2011 03:31 AM

I agree with you ^^^ I do not like that. Has she recently been wormed? Or has anyone done a fecal check? Looks like a wormy belly. And feeding her wont do any good if she has worms.

tgreene 11-10-2011 08:31 AM

Thank you all for your replies, and confirming my thoughts. Hopefully someone will get that mare and rehabilitate her.

The only reason I am getting rid of two of my others is because I want to find older, calmer horses that I fill comfortable putting my 9 year old cousin or my wife on. One of mine is pretty much just green broke, and the other has too big of a motor. The real problem is they are both too spooky for me to feel comfortable with anyone but me riding. I made the mistake of being a beginner and buying a green horse!

Thanks again!

Cacowgirl 11-10-2011 09:01 AM

yes, a beginning rider & a green horse is not a good combination, but if you're keeping a gaited horse, why do you want to add a Q.H? They don't move at the same speed & can cause you some more problems. Think ahead, this time!

Joe4d 11-10-2011 09:02 AM

Just an FYI, many underweight malnourished horses are very calm and docile. You get em home and get em fattened up and the true personality comes out. So you cant really say. Seeing a horse like that really makes me sad. None of us wants to be stuck with medical problems but Its real hard to walk away from a horse in need,
My Walker is a work in progress , the lady that sold him was in dire finacial straights and had him in a small yard with no grass, he was underweight. She was doing the right thing and trying to find him a home. He had been handled very rough some where and had been riden in a big square skirt saddle that hurt him. He was afraid of everything, terrified of western hats, didnt know what lunging was, feet needed help. Was definetly not the horse for me,,,,,, and I couldnt bare to leave him behind, I opened my trailer and he ran inside. We still have some spook issues to work through and it has been a long rode, but he gets better every day I am with him.
I had a great horse before with too much go, I gave up on and sold and have regretted it ever sense. I should have spent the money on a trainer.
Currently you have two known evils, You want to sell and buy an unknown evil. I'd take the known any day. Keep your horses. Spend some money on some DVD's, Julie Goodnoght Lead line basics, Gary Lane, who specializes in gaited horses.Perrili DVDs. Dont try to do it all just do one different task a few times a week. The Spooky ness will subside with the right training and drills.
Once you get stand, send out left, send out right and back up, start working on the OOGY WOOGY drill, Back the horse up and a lead line, then run up to it sliding your hand along the lead line,waving your arms , yelling OOGY WOOGY WOOGY, when you get close give it the STAND command, as soon as its feet stop, you stop, do the same for the left and right side a few times. Next time do it wih a plastic bag,, or a cowboy hat,( mine was beat in the face with one so was terrified of them) Or a beer can with rocks in it. Again what ever type of stuff they are spooky with. My horse has gotten to the point he just stands there and looks in my pocket for horse treats when I do it, Generally he'll just raise his head a bit at first.
My horse would spook at strange things on the trail when I got him, He would jump straight up, spin around back at high speed, rear on his hind legs, etc etc, I havent taken all the spook out of him but what I have taught him to do is "Freeze" when he is spooked at something, Way more easier and safer to deal with on the trail.

Guess my point is, you can spend a couple grand on a well trained horse that may be a mistery or spend a bit of time and the same money working with yours. A 3 day training siminar with Gary Lane will teach you tons of stuff. For less money than buying a new horse/

tgreene 11-10-2011 10:14 AM

I know gaited and non gaited horses move at different speeds, and that is a concern, I guess I'm still trying to figure out what breed I like best. If I decide to sell my other two gaited horses I will only be keeping an 18 y/o walker. That's the hard thing about this hobby is deciding what type of horses you like best and what suits your needs without spending a fortune doing so. I'm very lucky to have 240 acres to keep them on though, so at least I don't have to buy too much hay!

Joe, thanks for the info, I agree about my "known evils" I know with work I can get them to better suit my needs and I will definitely check out some of the training resources you listed!

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Joe4d 11-10-2011 07:16 PM

LOL,,, you like that huh, I believe it is a Perrelli technique,,, Course I like my name better.

Gallop On 11-10-2011 08:57 PM


Originally Posted by Joe4d (Post 1228680)
Just an FYI, many underweight malnourished horses are very calm and docile. You get em home and get em fattened up and the true personality comes out. So you cant really say. /

Boy is that right. I rescued my horse, and after he got home, gained a few hundred pounds, he turned into a nutcase.

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