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Looking at this Draft Cross Gelding, should I pass?
I have been looking at drafts, draft crosses ...and this one is just right up the road...its an older gelding 18 yrs old, he rides and drives well...but his current owners have just totally let him go... he's underweight...and just looks rough ....my wonder is should I even be considering him...how hard would it be to get him back to a good place with his body condition ...especially with his age...Attachment 302874
sorry these are all the pics I currently have...
Yikes, I hope no one rides or drives him. I'd have a vet THOROUGHLY do a PPE on him. He looks a bit wormy. If it were me though, I'd pass without second question.
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He's definitely been let go ...and he is no where near condition to be ridden or driven at this point I fully agree... I feel so badly for him though , he needs to be rehabbed and given some tlc
I would have a vet come out, run some tests and go from there. If its just weight that he needs or a good worming then it wouldn't be too much of a problem to handle. But if there are underlying issues for the weight loss, I would pass and maybe consider reporting the owner :l
I feel for him too. Fact O the matter is an unsound unusable horse is going to you WAY more then a sound and useful horse. He is 18 now. By the time he is "rehabed" he'll be pushing 20, then how many sound years will he have? 3-5?8 if your lucky. If you have the money for a lawn ornament I'd say go for it, if not say a prayer, hope for the best and move on.
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I agree with SlideStop...
It breaks my heart to see horses like that but realistically...You can't save all of them.
I don't know...what would you want him for? If he's 18 he may just need a good teeth float if he's never had one, and he could be good to go. Or he could have problems. Poor guy. I don't think he would take 2 years to be rehabbed though; maybe 4-6 months of good food if he has no underlying problems and is floated immediately. My filly went from 90% dead and at literally half the weight she should have been to the perfect weight and very healthy within 9 months, and she even had a lot of underlying health problems.
If the owners don't want much (less than $350) for him and you want a plodder to learn on, he just might be worth the risk.
I have my eye on a Clydesdale mare for myself..but this horse is close and thought if everything checked out vet wise ...he may work for my husband to occasionally ride on trails with me (after body condition / health improved) ...nothing strenuous ...and no driving....and just killing me to look at him like that.. but of course I can't save them all...and it may just be best to pass ...
IMO he'd be just fine as a trail ride buddy, possibly for as long as another 6-8 years if he has no other underlying issues. If you can't do it financially or think you'll regret it later though, pass him. I'd look into reporting him though if he gets any worse.
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