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post #1 of 8 Old 06-16-2014, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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Buying horse by stallion with issues?

I found a horse that I like very much for dressage and am scheduling the vet check today for sometime this week.
Here's the problem... I know of several horses by the same sire who have major lameness problems. This stallion does have many babies out of different mares and alot of them are doing great. A few people have told me that they would not touch any horse sired by this stallion with a 100 foot pole.

The mare I want to buy has never been lame according to the owner and she is 10 years old and not over ridden at all. The vet check will be thorough with x-rays.

So what would you do, take the risk and buy the horse if she vets well or just let her go and keep shopping?
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-16-2014, 10:21 AM
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Is it a Jazz, by any chance?

It depends on the age of the horse, her record under saddle and on the floor (behaviour) and if she's sound.

You can't judge it all on blood lines, or we'd all have winning horses with fantastic movement etc etc. It does help, but it's not all that counts.
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Its true that some stallions can throw different faults on to their offspring but sometimes the problems isn't caused by a weakness or genetic thing but by the fact that the offspring that have (in this case) a lameness problem are all kept in the same way
What sort of lameness do they have?
One of the biggest problems with a lot WB's bred for competition (and other breeds too) is that they are wrapped in cotton wool from birth and spend way too much time stabled in some effort to 'protect them' from injuries and blemishes but load bearing exercise is vital for good bone density and the healthy development of muscles, ligaments, joints etc so they often end up with all sorts of related issues
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No its not Jazz. One horse has back issues and the other has hocks I think.
This mare has had a good life but has not been ridden consistently in the past 7 years. She is stiff in her back now due to jumping.
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Either of those things could be easily related to management or riding and not essentially to the stallion
Have the X rays done - not sure about the back thing - I wouldn't buy the horse until that was resolved just in case you end up with a horse you can't ride for ages or they've done some serious damage to it
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She is stiff in her back now due to jumping.
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Don't walk... RUN.

Jumping does not cause stiff or sore backs unless the horse is unsound, the saddle doesn't fit, or the horse is jumped far too high far too quickly [which results in other issues as well]. I would NEVER buy a horse if the seller told me its back was sore because of jumping.

My eventing horse never once had a sore back and we jumped some HUGE oxers:
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Sorry I should clarify, she does relax her back a lot when ridden in a dressage frame and she settles right down into the bit. When she is being jumped she keeps her back tense because she just gets really forward when you point her at a jump. She did not act sore.
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Ah, okay. Poor training, then. A horse should be using its whole body over fences just as much as on the flat.

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