The OTTB I'm looking at buying has an old shin splint on his left front cannon bone. It's a very slight bump, and there is a gap in his race record that indicates a bit of time off. I've not had experience with a shin splint before - I've been told it's purely cosmetic and won't interfere with what he does at all (I'm looking for a lower level eventing prospect).
What's your experience with shin splints and does it affect a horse's ability to perform at all?
Thanks in advance, you guys! :D
I assume what you are talking about is what I have always called 'bucked shins'. This usually affects only 2 or sometimes 3 year olds. The usually get completely over it with age. How old is this horse now? Has he won or placed in any races? Is soundness a reason he is no longer running. Some are retired because of soundness and others because of slowness. Obviously, it is better to pick one up that retired slow and sound than fast and injured.
Can you ask the Vet that did this horse's Vet work at the track? When I used to buy OTTBs and OTQHs I always tried to get them from the owners / trainers and not dealers and always tried to talk to the Vet that did the trainer's leg work.
Are you going to have this horse Vetted before purchase -- as in a PPE? It is always preferable to speak to the horse's original Vet than to start all over with a Vet that does not know the horse (and a whole lot less expensive). There may already be x-rays out there for this horse and a complete Vet record.
I won't be getting a true PPE due to the adoption time constraints, but there is a 60 day trial period automatically upon adopting one of their horses, so I will be having him vetted at my barn when he gets home. He lives almost 7 hours away from me though, so I'd rather have a general consensus before I have to haul him back again! :-P
There, you can see the buck on the left front (in case that helps!).
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