Ex Race Horses
My husband for once found a horse he really wants and instantly
fell in love with after reading about him and seeing pictures.
The horse happens to be a 16 hand 15 year gelding ex race
horse who is trusted to lead kids bareback being led around
on his back. When I talked to the guy on the phone he said he
is very calm , well broken, and a gentle giant, and still has some
speed to him, but can easily be held back. My husband wants a
tall horse who will be fast, and the horse sounds great and looks great.
I was just wondering what I should ask about him and if I should
be cautious considering this horse? The horse is for my hubby,
I will not be riding him.
Is you hubby wanting to do events, like barrel racing with the horse or just trail ride?
ouch !!! uummm how should i say this nicley????.....i'd back away from the horse all together if i where you......oldest trick in the book let's put a few kids on the horses back to hide the fact that it's swayed backed and in need of a big weight gain......
I seen him without kids on his back and he the man right now
is putting weight on him because he was a rescue horse. I
don't think he looks to terribly bad honestly, weight gain is no
problem seeing how my grandpa feeds the horses and a small sway
in his back is just because of age maybe? But I don't see any
serious problem with it.
I was asking about if I should be cautious due to his racing past,
if he might be too much to handle or something...
Also, I would be seeing and more than likely riding the horse
BEFORE I purchase him of course. :)
it's just a horse that i would stay away from in the end....it could get costley in the end...one thing i would ask him is if the horse is from a recue who can this name sell the horse?, most rescue's will only adopt out to forever homes
He wasn't an adoption, but the man who owns him bought
him from a person who wasn't taking good care of him at all
and he was hardly fed. I was actually going to trade a horse for
this one. I will still look at him, but maybe hubby will find something
else he likes.
Since the horse is 15 it's very, very, likely that he's been off the track for a LONG TIME. Possibly ten years, plus. I wouldn't worry about anything about him being from the track... I got my racer fresh off the track and after rehab the only race-track like tendency he had (besides being skittish because he had been abused) was that when he got scared, he would run left. Like I said, Mac was fresh off the track, but this guy probably hasn't seen the 'glory' days for a good while. I wouldn't be too worried.
I'd just ask about his history on the track, if he broke down, etc.
Otherwise, he seems like at least something worth looking into! =)
Thanks, that really helps seeing you have experience with
a race horse! :wink:
Also, the first picture may look like he's got a bad sway back, but
look at this picture from the side.
I also don't believe he wasn't trying to hide the fact the horse
had a sway back, the reason he had pictures of the kids on his
back was to show me how trusted and gentle the big boy is.
I know his confirmation is definately not the best, but we can
definately put major pounds on him if we bring him.
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