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post #21 of 26 Old 11-13-2013, 01:44 PM
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Any time that at person has damage to their lungs, they can get pneumonia. They can also get it from being stuck in bed in one position. More likely, they caught it from a sick person in the hospital.

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post #22 of 26 Old 11-13-2013, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by acorn View Post
Just heard from my friend again about the injured gal. Now they are saying she has pneumonia. How in the world did that happen from this?
once injured your immune system can become weaker just like if you were already sick because your body is focusing on repairing not on protecting, so it someone else had it while at the hospital its quite possible that she would get it, this is why i hate hospitals. hope she recovers soon!
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post #23 of 26 Old 11-13-2013, 03:08 PM
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Horrible accident. Hope she recovers fully.

When I go to look at a riding horse, I expect the owner to ride the horse first, so I can see how they handle the horse and how the horse responds to them. I have made a few exceptions to that rule, but only when I actually knew the person selling the horse.

If the owner had showed up in flip flops like that, I probably would have left without trying the horse.

I've had "dumber" years too where I probably would have hopped on. I know better now.

As far as the woman getting sued, well that's going to depend on your state laws. In my state, we basically have state law that says if you climb on the horse, then you are responsible for yourself.

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post #24 of 26 Old 11-13-2013, 05:39 PM
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Yikes. What a scary story. I hope she makes a full recovery. Very lucky considering how things could've turned out.
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post #25 of 26 Old 11-13-2013, 05:47 PM
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One reason I stress to anyone looking for a horse to do ground work before climbing on. There "may" be a red flag, but there may not. Never hurts to try working on the ground first. You should always assume an inexpensive to free horse has some problematic or dangerous habit, especially when the owner does not ride prior. Shame people have to be so dishonest.

I'm selling a horse for my Mom whose 14.0/14.1hh, I am beyond his 20% weight carrying capability, so while I will ride him for the individual, I refuse to ride him longer than 5 - 10 minutes. With horses in the past I try to get my other horse savvy friends to help show a horse to sell aka ride them... Why? My anxiety explodes when trying to show a horse to someone, it sucks lol.

Hope your friend as a quick recovery!

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post #26 of 26 Old 11-13-2013, 06:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Viranh View Post
I'm really sorry your friend was injured so badly. However, lots of people sell horses because they are physically unable to ride them, or are not skilled enough. The owner not being able to ride the horse doesn't necessarily mean I walk away from a sale. Lots of horses would never find homes if everyone walked away if the owner couldn't ride them. Sometimes even if the owner does ride, the horse may still hurt you. I have had a few horses shock me and be really ugly for an unfamiliar person.
That is so true. When I bought my horse, the owner rode him in all three gaits beforehand. It was windy and he was a bit nervous, but he was fine...
However, she was also honest and told me that he is sensitive, and that the last rider (a 14 yr old girl who claimed to have several years of riding experience) who had come out to look at him got dumped pretty badly. Bad match.

The old owner was very cautious. Yes, of course she wanted to sell the horse, but she also didn't want people to get hurt. She declined potential buyers several times, cause she didn't feel safe for them to ride him.

Both as a seller and as a buyer you have to at least partly rely on the other person's word. It's not an absolute no-go if the owner can't or won't ride the horse, but if something seems fishy or dishonest, make sure to err on the safe side and walk away...
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