I went to see a 3 year old (almost 4) standardbred today. She is 16.2 hh or a little taller. And lives outside 24/7 weather permitted. She is jet black and absolutely gorgeous. Her personality was great, and she seemed really nice and calm. Then owners said she has never been lame (she raced for a very short time, and was too slow) but she came to them 3 months ago in "racing condition" which is very shinny, but suitable to race. She needs a little more weight but it is coming on nicely. I trust the owner, she breeds very nice horses who are all In amazing condition. (She breeds Arabs, but rescues Standardbreds sometimes). She brought her out today to show me and she was stiff and her hind leg was swollen a little. She says she has always been sound, and she must have slipped on ice today, (it's extremely icy out!) I noticed it at the beginning, but the owner pointed it out to us. She says that she was going to breed her if nobody takes her so its not a big deal if she's sold or not. The owner said she will not sell me this horse if her leg still hurts by the time I'm suppose to get her (27th) , she knows I want to jump her eventually, and said the last thing she was to do is sell me a lame horse and have me end up having to give her up. She is very well known in my area for her healthy horses and honesty!! What could it be? Do you think it will be a recurring problem, she's never had this problem before. I'm going to see her again to spend time with her Friday, the owner wants me to bond with her a bit before buying. She is not broke to ride, I will be doing that, so I can't try her out, but I hope to be able to see her move around the pasture at a walk, trot and canter if the ice clears up. She has a very nice trot I hear. Let me know what you think, you know when you see a horse and you just feel like its the one? Well I feel that. She was perfect until I noticed her leg. Thanks!
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