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post #41 of 46 Old 07-08-2015, 10:45 PM
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I am very sorry, Tihannah, I know you had high hopes and a good rapport with Finn. It seems like you are making a mature decision about passing on him; I know your right horse is out there!
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post #42 of 46 Old 07-09-2015, 05:20 PM
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That's a shame though *personally* I don't see anything that's a dealbreaker. You need to do what you need to do though.

Am I correct that this is your first horse? Especially since you really want to ride and ideally jump buying a horse with issues from the get go isn't really adviseable :/.

Let us know what you decide, sorry for the bad news. I appreciate upfront owners, she may reimburse you (I would want her to) for the work put into him if you pass on him esp since you will (or I guess "should") pass on the x-rays and info from the vet. Now she knows.

If you do go forward I would expect a pretty big discount and honestly maybe just ask to take him for free as I think that would be fair, money does not seem to be her focus.

Good luck. Sorry again.
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The vet said that what he's seeing is only part of the equation and I really need to let my trainer ride and evaluate him. She is very knowledgeable and the vet called her last night and discussed it with her. I spoke with her again this morning as she is on her way back into town and she said she will support and help me with whatever decision I want to make.

However, she is pretty clear after speaking with the vet that keeping him is probably not a great option as I am looking for something to grow and learn with in dressage. Neither think he will hold out, but her evaluation will be the make or break.

She is pushing for me to do a half lease on one of the barn geldings I've done a lesson on. She thought I did well with him. He's 18 and 15hh, but just a bit too forward for her kid students. I enjoyed riding him, but he feels almost too small for me and I felt no connection to him at all. I texted the girl offering her gelding for lease several times, but she's never even responded. So I'm really torn right now. :-/
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I sympathise.

You've only ridden that gelding once?

Just remember- ultimately it is YOUR decision and as long as you have thought it out then it is the right one. Do NOT forget that.

Honestly unless you're really focused on riding and progressing I would NEVER lease a horse for the sake of leasing it.

Even if this one doesn't work out there are a million more to buy/lease so don't feel like you don't have options. Don't rush in to anything.
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I sympathise.

You've only ridden that gelding once?

Just remember- ultimately it is YOUR decision and as long as you have thought it out then it is the right one. Do NOT forget that.

Honestly unless you're really focused on riding and progressing I would NEVER lease a horse for the sake of leasing it.

Even if this one doesn't work out there are a million more to buy/lease so don't feel like you don't have options. Don't rush in to anything.
Yes, I only rode him once. Someone had been leasing him a long time, but no longer rides him and can't really afford the full board anymore. If someone can half lease him, then she will keep him there. If not, he will leave to go back with his original owner.

Another thing both my vet and trainer mentioned was that he was "over at the knee". I asked him what cause this, and he said that some horses are just born that way. But he didn't really say whether or not this was a bad thing?
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post #46 of 46 Old 07-09-2015, 09:08 PM
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Just a conformation fault and not usually an issue unless severe. Ideally the horse has perfect conformation, but as we all know it doesn't happen.

I wouldn't be worried about it and honestly I don't see it at all in the pics you've posted.
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