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post #1 of 7 Old 07-23-2011, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Will he always have continuing health issues?

Hello. I've had my thoroughbred gelding for about 4 1/2 months now. I love him to death! But my parents are seriously trying to get me to sell him. Honestly, I can only ride him a few times before he has another health problem. I try and give him the best care possible...he's in a lovely, extremely safe barn with a paddock all to himself, automatic waterers that record how much he drinks...

He's 13 and an ex racer. He ran for about 6 years before being put out to pasture for 5. I knew he might have some joint issues and need to be on supplements, etc, but he's had a ton of problems since we've gotten him. I would love to keep him, even if I couldn't even ride him, but we really can't afford for all the extra medication + vet visits each month.

Couple weeks after we got him, he colicked for about a week straight. Apparently coastal hay does it to him, so we have him on Alfalfa. An extra $10-$15 a week. After that, a giant gash appeared on his leg. Checked his paddock, everywhere, no idea how he did it. So that made him lame for a little while. (its fine now). Then, he had ulcers. After that he got white line. Now he is lame with thrush + white line and also has some type of fungus on his face. His hooves are always peeling and cracking. We've had chiropractic care done on him, which actually worked wonders relieving him from a sore back and legs. We've had his teeth floated, etc.

Basically, we've put a ton of money into him. I could've bought like 3x the horse with the money we've spent. Do you think I should hold onto him or get a horse with fewer issues. I'm just concerned; who's going to buy a horse with all these problems?
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-23-2011, 07:57 PM
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Sound's like you've got an accident-prone horse on your hands! Poor guy.

It's really a choice that you and your parents will have to make. Look at your finances, decide whether or not you can continue with his upkeep, and go from there. Unfortunately some horses are very accident prone, and this generally doesn't just dissapear. It's great that you'd love him even if you couldn't ride him. Reality isn't too fun, is it? ^_^

As for someone buying an accident prone horse...as sad as it is, chances aren't very good. However, there could be someone out there! Never know until you try.

Either way, I wish you best of luck.

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post #3 of 7 Old 07-23-2011, 08:28 PM
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your horse could be living in the wrong climate. My first horse was such a case. He was imported from Canada to California as a PMU rescue and we had ENDLESS health problems. We moved to canada and took him with us, and ZERO health problems. We also tried to get him barefoot in CA, which ended in 3 months of easy-boot use and then back to shoes. In Canada he was barefoot and totally fine.I'm just wondering if this may be the case for your guy... does he come from a different area? This is probably a really slim chance, and TB's are VERY accident prone to begin with, but i'm just putting my experience out there. I hope this helps =)
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-23-2011, 08:37 PM
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I agree with Endiku. Depends on finances!!!!!

Rodeo has been accident prone as well. Ive had him since March, but nothing serious has happened(knock on wood!!!!) But he seems to have a new cut, scrape, or new spot of sunburn every time I go out there, which is everyday!!!

So really, IMO, you just have to decide for yourself is it worth it?

Good Luck!!!
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post #5 of 7 Old 07-23-2011, 08:41 PM
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It could be an immune deficiency. Do you have anyone in your area who knows about this sort of thing? Many times the people at the rescues can help because they deal with so many different situations. He could also be insulin resistent which could cause the whiteline situation.

I have one who was born with the problem. He's on immune boosters and does fine. Be aware the immune boosters are not inexpensive. The horse needs to be evaluated by a vet if you haven't already done it.
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-23-2011, 08:45 PM
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Unless I read it wrong he only had 1 accident. Colick is not an accident and I am sure he had ulcers before you got him which could have contributed to the colick. When you got him if you didn't switch his diet slowly that also causes colick. Alfalfa is more expensive but you should have to feed less of it then grass so it should balance out.

If you get another horse you could have just as many issues. I personally wouldn't feel right about pawning him off on someone else unless you disclosed everything and you may have to give him away.
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-23-2011, 09:21 PM
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Unless I read it wrong he only had 1 accident. Colick is not an accident and I am sure he had ulcers before you got him which could have contributed to the colick. When you got him if you didn't switch his diet slowly that also causes colick. Alfalfa is more expensive but you should have to feed less of it then grass so it should balance out.

If you get another horse you could have just as many issues. I personally wouldn't feel right about pawning him off on someone else unless you disclosed everything and you may have to give him away.
Yes, he cut his leg. Most of his other problems are common to OTTB's. You've already spent a lot of time & money helping him & things are improving. His feet can be fixed too with frequent trimmings & treatment. I wouldn't give up on him if I could afford him. No horse is cheap.
Any horse you get could have problems.
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