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horselover01 01-21-2013 11:11 PM

Should I get this horse?
I am thinking about getting a new horse but the only drawback is that he is slightly lame and I have another horse that is green that I am helping train. He is a 7 year old appendix gelding named Tim Tation but we just call him Tim and he is beautiful but he needs some work, and he is lame off and on, he will be fine for a while and then for a few strides he will limp. The current owner of him has had him for 4 years but hasn't really ridden him for the past year or two so I was thinking that his problem might be because he hasn't been worked very much. Today I when out to look at him and ride him and when has owner lunged him he (the owner) was very rough on him and just made him nervous, when he when back into the barn after being lunged he was fidgety and nervous acting which made me think that he was hot and I don't really want a hot horse. The guy then rode him and Tim acted good but a little aggrivated like he didn't want the guy to ride him and the guy was still really rough on him, when I got on him I felt like he instantly felt calmer and more relaxed. My mom who isn't really a "horsey" person could see how much better and relax he acted when I got on him. Then ring that I was riding him in was really muddy since it has been raining so much here lately so I didn't canter him but his trot was awesome, sure he needed a little touching up but he seemed very eager to please to me.

I was wondering if his lameness isssue was because he hasn't been worked with much lately or if he had another problem. I was also wondering if he was lame because he wasn't happy were he was staying but I don't know if that would cause a problem at all. He is for sale for 500 dollar since he is lame but they guy was going to sale him for 5,000 dollars so if we got him and we spent 200 bucks on him and then he was fine then that would be great because my parents can't afford a 5,000 dollar horse. On the flip side if we got him and spent 500 dollars on him and he was still lame then we would have to sell him because we don't want a lame horse since he is suposed to be my show horse, he also has been hunter jumped and has had dressage training.

I have a green horse too which is another reason that I am wondering if I should get him or not because I want to have time for both of them. So what so you think should I get him or not?

Wanstrom Horses 01-21-2013 11:13 PM

No. With this horse market, there are a lot of really nice, sound horses out there for great prices. This horse sounds like he has a lot of issues. I'd walk away..

themacpack 01-21-2013 11:14 PM

The only way to know the cause and long-term implications of the lameness would be to have a vet check him out. Unhappiness with his surroundings can be safely taken of the list of possible causes, though, imo.

waleybean 01-22-2013 02:12 AM

I would say no, although it sounds like your heart has already decided. Lameness is a big thing and it can be down to many difference things. It's no fun putting a horse on box rest due to lameness, they go nuts! Get him vetted but be warned the horse may cost you a lot of money in the long run.

blue eyed pony 01-22-2013 02:47 AM

Just don't even go there. Lameness isn't something you ever want to mess with.

I have a horse with intermittent lameness, and she'll go from sound as a bell to running on 3 legs in the space of half a stride. And back again just as quick. I didn't know she wasn't sound when I took her on, I knew she had a few erm, mental issues but I thought she was sound physically.

Five months on, she's had about 10 fully sound days where I haven't seen her limp. Today, she's not lame at all. Nor was she yesterday. But tomorrow she might be running on 3 legs again. Physically, she's unreliable. Mentally, FINALLY, she's ok. But I've put in a heck of a lot of work and ended up with a horse that just isn't sound.

PLUS, my mother took on a horse a couple of years ago, that we KNEW wasn't sound. Long story short we couldn't fix his physical issues [again, he had mental issues as well, which we did fix], and in the end he was euthed.

Just don't go there. You'd only be setting yourself up for heartbreak. Let him be someone else's problem, not yours.

kitten_Val 01-22-2013 06:52 AM


Originally Posted by horselover01 (Post 1855374)
I was also wondering if he was lame because he wasn't happy were he was staying

Sorry, but it can't be a reason to be lame. If he's lame on and off there is a very high possibility that $500 horse will turn into $5000, or may be even $10000 when you have to address a lameness issue. So the bottom line: PASS!

GamingGrrl 01-22-2013 12:00 PM

When in doubt, go without.

There are plenty of other fish in the sea...errr, horses in the barn? :lol:
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jillybean19 01-22-2013 12:05 PM

There's something going on with that lameness... As others have said, he's definitely not lame because of unhappiness, and I've never heard of a horse being lame because of a lack of work. If that was the case, there'd be a lot more lame horses out there.

horselover01 01-22-2013 12:26 PM

I was pretty sure that him not being happy wouldn't cause any lameness issues. I just wanted to be sure that that wouldn't be a problem, but now that I think about it sounds like a really dumb reason for him to be lame.

I have had a horse that we rescued that had Cushing's disease and chronic laminitis so I have had a horse with lameness issues. We only had him for about a year before we had to put him down because he got worse and stopped eating. He was between 25 or 30 we think so he was getting kinda old.


No. With this horse market, there are a lot of really nice, sound horses out there for great prices. This horse sounds like he has a lot of issues. I'd walk away..
I live in North Carolina and there isn't a lot of good English pleasure horses that aren't $5,000 out here because most of the people here ride western. His biggest problem I think is is owner imo but I'm not sure

Well here is a pic of Tim Tation so tell me if you think he is as nice as the owner says he is

Wanstrom Horses 01-22-2013 12:29 PM

For example. 500 dollars may sound like such a great deal since the horse "might" be worth 5000. By the time to find out what is lameness is, treat it, feed him, put training work into him. You WILL have 5000 dollars into the horse. Horses aren't worth a very much money right now. Canners are selling for 10 cents a pound. That would honestly make the horse worth around 150-200 dollars. And if he's chronic, I guarantee, you will either have a large pasture pet, have to give him away or send him to the saleyard. Because nobody will want him. I recently bough a 4 year old registered QH mare. She's sound, she's started right and she's healthy. I paid 400 dollars for her. And they are just as good of deals out there, if not better with this horse market. Don't buy the horse, you will be doing yourself a favor...

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