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post #1 of 5 Old 07-01-2014, 07:04 AM Thread Starter
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1st horse worries!!

hi thinking of buying mother/daughter share seen this horse yesterday but he looks thin to me, also he has like a zig zaggy mark on his side any ideas what it might be, its our first horse and dont want to get it wrong. Mark is on 1st pic.
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-01-2014, 07:19 AM
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I would venture to say he is being sold as "gentle for beginner riders".

He is gentle because your eyes are correct, he is thin --- very thin.

He has a contusion on his left hip bone where another horse most likely kicked him. That contusion could be nothing in terms of serious damage or, if he was kicked just right, he could possible have a fractured bone in the hip.

My Arab has carried a contusion identical to that for 15 years without issue, from getting kicked but it is still something to ask a vet about.

I would not buy this horse without paying for a PPE (pre-purchase exam).

But, before spending money on a PPE, do you have any experienced horsemen in your area that could go with you to examine the horse and that do NOT know the Seller or have done business with them?

Lastly, I am sorry but, with you being a first time horse owner I would pass on this horse. There are a lot of well cared for and beginner friendly horses out there, without an inexperienced person taking on what appears to be a lot of work and, for all you know, heart break in the end

What are they asking for the horse anyway?
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-01-2014, 07:19 AM
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That horse is very thin. He does have a bit of muscle at least, but he definitely needs weight. He'd need some good feed to get him to good nick, and I wouldn't be riding him until he had some topline and cover on his ribs.
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-02-2014, 06:01 PM
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Horse is not just thin but on verge of starving. And looks like has quite a bit of age on him.

Depending on where you are, I now a woman who has access to nice, gentle horses on FB, if you want I can give you her name and you can go see what they are. OK, may be too far from you?

But agree with ones who said this horse might be one to shy away from.

It costs just as much to feed horse you cannot ride, as it does one you can.

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post #5 of 5 Old 07-02-2014, 07:54 PM
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That horse is quite underweight.

Besides the various problems with that, there is also a chance that once fed up well he will have more energy and may not be beginner friendly at all. In fact, his whole character may appear to change.

I'd pass and get something you can be more sure about.
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