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post #21 of 30 Old 11-25-2014, 04:24 PM
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she has what appears to be a hunters bump, the spine is misplaced .
the muscles in her neck show that she has carried her head or had her head held at an awkward position. she is an older horse. Some horses only live to age 20 while others live to age 40 + .
You should not ask for conformation comments when you are not ready to accept the answers.
Your opinion it the final decision that matters in getting this horse. Good luck to you and the horse.
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post #22 of 30 Old 11-25-2014, 08:14 PM
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Is that a bump on the front of her left front knee?
She may look better with more weight.

I'd take a chance on a mare like that if only to give her a better home & groceries....but I can afford to retire her if need be. Still, I'd have to see her first.
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post #23 of 30 Old 11-26-2014, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by 3barrels2hearts1dream98 View Post
I think everyone misunderstood me. SHE HAS BEEN RIDDEN FOR THE PAST 4 YEARS! She gets ridden at least 4 times a week and she has no problems whatsoever. I feel like you are making assumptions by saying "she can only be used for light riding", how in the world can you tell that from a PICTURE?!
I'd be asking why they're riding an underweight horse 4 times a week. And why she's underweight (compare her to my late horse, in my username pic - that's what a healthy horse looks like).

Maybe by "riding" she means putting the baby up there. That horse does NOT look happy , even with the baby onboard and I'd bet she's in pain.

Expect to put a lot of money into her if you bring her home, I'd bet she needs her teeth done, worming, shots, and who knows what else. Have you seen vet records? I'd bet not.

If you insist on buying her, have at it, but don't say you weren't warned.
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post #24 of 30 Old 11-26-2014, 11:57 AM
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I don't know why I tho't the pic with the toddler looked to be an old photo, taken with film. My impression also was of a young horse, not a teenager. The horse, if not registered may or may not be 17 but considerably older. The $500 price tag eliminates brokers if the horse were to go for slaughter so maybe the owner is willing to take a loss on shipping and she'll know where the horse is going.

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post #26 of 30 Old 11-27-2014, 08:09 PM
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I don't think you should discount the mare just because she's inexpensive and older. I bought my first horse, a 17yr old mare, for $500 and she was trailered for free from CT to NY just because the owner had had her for a long while and wanted her to have a good home. She turned out to be perfect. Yes, she had some conformation faults and had to be put down due to spavins at the age of 27 but I put a lot of good riding in on that horse and learned a lot.

But let me stress, we went to see her in person- all the way from NY to CT. before we bought her. I would recommend that you go see her before buying- its the safest way to make sure that you and the horse both end up in a good situation.
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post #27 of 30 Old 12-03-2014, 02:33 AM
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Have you personally ridden the horse before? All I can say is NEVER buy a horse someone told you is broke without riding it yourself first. Doesn't matter if others have bought horses off them before and had a good deal, nobody is completely reliable 100% of the time. I have watched my mother get scammed and backstabbed numerous times by horse people that other horse people said were reliable. Even her best friend eventually stabbed her in the back and stole/sold her colt (that she was planning on starting a breeding operation with) behind her back..
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post #28 of 30 Old 12-05-2014, 01:57 PM
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I think you've got a bunch of fair answers from people who are experienced in horse shopping. There are so many sellers out there who are looking to get money for animals that have serious flaws. Neither of the photos is adequate to make a decision. Remember, the least expensive part of owning a horse is the original purchase price.

I'm not going to go into the photo of the little girl. It's beyond horrifying.
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post #29 of 30 Old 12-05-2014, 03:39 PM
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No one can say how she is really put together from those pictures, except that she has a very long weak looking back and a poor hip.
And please do not buy a horse that you have not personally gone to see, and ridden yourself , AND paid a veterinarian to examine for soundness and health BEFORE you buy. Horse sellers sometimes will tell you anything, either due to their own ignorance about lameness, or on purpose.
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post #30 of 30 Old 12-05-2014, 03:50 PM
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She gets ridden at least 4 times a week and she has no problems whatsoever
And you assume this has to be the truth because the sellers say so? You really need someone experienced to help you locate potential purchases and go with you to look at them because Your inexperience in horse buying makes you fodder for unscrupulous horse sellers. THIS horse.? I would say pass simply because of he appearance of her back and hip.
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