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post #21 of 46 Old 07-04-2015, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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What an awesome day! Finn was incredible! The owner has really been working hard to bring him back into work the past 2 weeks and he looked GREAT in such a short amount of time. Almost like a completely different horse from the ad I originally found.

He came off the trailer, took a quick look around and went straight to grazin. No uneasiness or heeby jeebies. Lol. I walked him around and let him check things out. It was more curiosity than anything. We lunged him and then both rode him before the owner left. She wanted me to see how improved he was over my first visit at her place. He did great and my ride was so much smoother this time around. She brought all his vet paperwork and a cd with all his x-rays burned to it.

I walked him through the barn which was filled with horses and 2 large fans. He didn't hesitate or show any nervousness whatsoever! He even stopped to touch muzzles with a couple horses on the way. I gave him a bath and groomed him. The BO's dogs and even a cat came around and he wasn't phased a bit. You woulda thought he'd been there for years! Even some of the other boarders couldn't believe how easy going the new guy was. His disposition was just incredible.

Even though my trainer was on her way outta town, she stopped by to see him. She thought he was beautiful and said if his temperament was real, meaning he hadn't been drugged, then I had a real winner! She even thought that the scar didn't look as bad as she originally thought. Her only concern were his hooves, but after looking underneath, she thought her farrier could bring them back and he would just need some corrective trimming for awhile or maybe front shod.

I spent the rest of the afternoon with him just hand grazing, grooming, and hanging out. He was sooo sweet and loving! I'm praying for good evaluations from the vet and farrier. My trainer didn't have time to see him move, but said that if the farrier could fix his feet, I got an awesome deal on this horse!







The owner on him.
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post #22 of 46 Old 07-04-2015, 07:58 PM
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He does look good!!

Glad you are so happy. A lot of OTTBs are just so incredibly "been there done that" due to all the exposure they get at the tracks and with this guy also having exposure and retraining as a backyard horse I am not surprised he's unphased.

We will see how things go but a good start, congrats!

Can't really see much from his feet but wouldn't hurt to have the farrier evaluate him while on trial (if he wants to trim check with the owner first)
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He does look good!!

Glad you are so happy. A lot of OTTBs are just so incredibly "been there done that" due to all the exposure they get at the tracks and with this guy also having exposure and retraining as a backyard horse I am not surprised he's unphased.

We will see how things go but a good start, congrats!

Can't really see much from his feet but wouldn't hurt to have the farrier evaluate him while on trial (if he wants to trim check with the owner first)
My trainer mentioned that as well, so I already texted the owner and she is fine with however I want to move forward.

My phone died, so I couldn't get good pics of his hooves, but I will in the morning!
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I was able to zoom in on a couple full body pics. They look pretty bad, but I'm hoping they're salvageable.:-/

Front Hooves



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Funny he looks so good otherwise I don't know why she didn't do his feet, she clearly cleaned him up for you too.

I wouldn't be too worried, they don't look bad just overdue for a trim. See what the farrier says!
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That might be a sign he is not very cooperative about his feet, but that can be re-taught if it is an issue. yes, get those feet taken care of right away. Those chipped and flaring walls WILL be causing him some discomfort.

Take a run over to the Hoof care forum and look at Loosie's signature for how to take good critique photos. SO many good foot people over there, they (we) love to take a look and offer insight to correction.

He does look awesome, otherwise! And I bet those feet are completely salvageable, even just from that one angle. Agree on the attitude of OTTBs, but I suppose it is possible that once he settles in and starts to feel comfortable he might try and test his boundaries. Stay firm but fair and you are likely to keep that horse that walked off the trailer this afternoon.
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Farrier came by this morning. He actually knew Finn from when the owner originally got him and said he used to do his feet then. He said Finn was a spunky 4 yr old then and used to give him a hard time doing his feet. He couldn't believe how calm and easy going he was now. Lol. He told me not to worry. Said Finn had typical TB feet and the owner hadn't been keeping up with them and the several months of rain we had didn't help. He didn't think he needed to be shod, but said if we didn't see improvement, we could do front shoes on the next trim. He just trimmed him up and said I needed to keep some Venice Turpentine on his feet and to add an ounce of Knox Gelatin at each feeding. We had the turpentine at the barn and put it on right away. He said as long as I keep up with his trims every 5-6 weeks, he should be fine.

The vet is coming out this evening to do the PPE, so one down, one to go! The past couple days with Finn have been amazing and I will be devastated if this doesn't go well. I walked in the barn this morning and called out his name and his head immediately popped out his stall door and he whinnied like, "I'm down here, Mom!" I'm so enamored with this big guy. I couldn't have asked for a better match for my first horse.
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Careful! Don't jinx it! Do update asap, I swear I'm almost as excited as you are lol
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The vet called and had to reschedule for Wednesday. Right before he was headed my way, he got an emergency call from a client with a very old horse. He called me before heading over there and said he didn't know how long it would take, but he was still coming. Around 5p, he called again and said he would have to reschedule as he couldn't leave them. I imagine the horse was in pretty bad shape. Because he had to reschedule, he's going to come out after I get off work on Wednesday.

I've lunged, ridden, and done stretching exercises with Finn everyday and haven't seen any signs of lameness, but I'm a beginner at this. The board owner thinks I have nothing to worry about since his feet were cleared. It's frustrating that I have to wait another 2 days, but so far, the outlook seems good.
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It's usually the subtle lameness or "brewing" ones that are more a cause for worry. Frustrating but that's part of the vet life. You would appreciate it in return.

2 more days, just play around with him until then.
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