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post #1 of 13 Old 08-21-2019, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Is this a risky purchase?

I'm currently browsing around my area for a new project horse. I enjoy doing English flatwork but often our trail rides consist of hills and jumping logs and small streams of water. There's a 7yo 17hh appendix mare that I was very interested in, but she was raced as a two year old and then barrel raced for a year after she came off the track. I'm planning on getting a pre-purchase exam no matter what but I was just curious, is it likely that she may have issues in the future from working so hard as a young horse? I'm only 15 and not extremely knowledgeable in the art of finding horses but she's a very sweet mare. She appears sound but that doesn't mean a whole lot considering some injuries can hide for a while.
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-21-2019, 06:36 PM
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I think you should definitively check her out. She sounds like a really good horse and the work she did before shouldn't affect her too terribly. Just have her vet checked before, the vet will be able t look more in depth just to be sure.
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post #3 of 13 Old 08-21-2019, 06:46 PM
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She is Appedix bred, you might also consider having the PPE include checking he for HYPP and PSSM, unless there is already documentation to prove she gas been checked:)
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post #4 of 13 Old 08-21-2019, 09:37 PM
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Are you sure you want such a tall horse? in trail riding, a very tall like horse like that can be a pain in the derriere. Your head hits overhanging branches, your horse will be hard to ground mount, she may not fit well into trailers, etc.


I used to ride a 17.1 hh Irish Sport Horse. He was the best horse I ever rode . Very strong, sure footed, great personality, but, I could not fit him into average size trailers. And I needed Cadillac mounting blocks just to get on.
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post #5 of 13 Old 08-21-2019, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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Are you sure you want such a tall horse? in trail riding, a very tall like horse like that can be a pain in the derriere. Your head hits overhanging branches, your horse will be hard to ground mount, she may not fit well into trailers, etc.


I used to ride a 17.1 hh Irish Sport Horse. He was the best horse I ever rode . Very strong, sure footed, great personality, but, I could not fit him into average size trailers. And I needed Cadillac mounting blocks just to get on.
That's very true. But I've always loved the tall ones. The 17hh TB I used to loan would fit in my barn owners trailer that she used for her gypsy vanners, but it's definitely not standard size. Boy do I hate having to fall 5 feet though.
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post #6 of 13 Old 08-21-2019, 10:39 PM
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The short answer to whether the purchase is risky is: If it's alive, there's risk

But with the info you give, the horse sounds like it is worth a vet check.
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Are you sure you want such a tall horse? in trail riding, a very tall like horse like that can be a pain in the derriere. Your head hits overhanging branches, your horse will be hard to ground mount, she may not fit well into trailers, etc.


I used to ride a 17.1 hh Irish Sport Horse. He was the best horse I ever rode . Very strong, sure footed, great personality, but, I could not fit him into average size trailers. And I needed Cadillac mounting blocks just to get on.
I am 6' tall and have very good upper body strength, a 15H horse is a pretty good reach at times. Also in timber head clearance is also an issue. Tiny is giving very good advice. I would venture to say you would never be able to get on this horse without a mounting block. Certainly away from the barn you would be in a pickle trying to remount.
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post #8 of 13 Old 08-22-2019, 01:34 AM
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I agree with the size recommendation, but if you're used to it that's not a problem.

However it makes me that much more leary of her being worked so hard so young. At the same time as said any purchase is a risk. Especially since you're looking for a project that essentially adds up to "buying a risk".

If you like her I wouldn't hesitate to have a vet check, they can advise you better and would recommend anything additional they would want done (xrays for example). I would recommend being super thorough with that.

On the flip side it's not like you're planning on working her hard yourself.

I would proceed with caution but I wouldn't slam on the brakes.
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post #9 of 13 Old 08-22-2019, 09:26 AM
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Her height shouldn't be an issue on trails. If that's what you like, then nothing wrong with it. Even on my 15.3hh horse I do occasionally hit branches & whatnot. LOL. I've ridden 17HH horses on trails with zero issues at all. If you like taller horses, nothing wrong with it! One of my friends has a big draft (he's at least 17hh) & ALWAYS takes him on trails. Mounting can be an issue, but even ME, being 5'2" with my 15.3hh horse I have to find a log or something on trails if I ever get off.

Definitely get a vet check, but hopefully she will be fine. :) Go check her out, if it doesn't workout then there are other horses out there.

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post #10 of 13 Old 08-22-2019, 09:29 AM
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I am going to also add that depending on the trails tall horses are not always an asset. If you ride really well groomed trails height is not an issue. If you ride any that are less groomed or include a low tree canopy the could be an issue. You seem to already be aware that a PPE is necessary - make sure the vet is knowledgeable on bowed tendons and other issues as these can become chronic
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