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post #11 of 37 Old 02-23-2016, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, no club foot for me, that sounds like a hassle.

The moon blindness is also of concern. The person who originally bought this horse ( an OTTB) got her as a broodmare and hardly ever rode her. That is a clue to me that there has been a determination made that she isn't a great saddle horse. But the idea that a horse would eventually lose their vision completely is far too frightening to me. I'd want a vet to assure me that the blindness in one eye is unlikely to spread to the other.

Also looking at this one... though a little taller than I like them (15h or less is my happy place) :

Jetta is a 16 year old REGISTERED APHA
"Jetalitos Opal Star" is her show name
She has been a broodmare in the past and is soooo sweet!
Her personality is so nice. She is gentle and at 15'3 even my 11 year old niece can ride her!
Jetta is slow if you want to go for a walk on the trail but has speed if you need it. Bugs alive in 75 is in her bloodlines and with some training this mare would make a good barrel racer.
Jetta is for sale because of no Fault of her own. I myself am recovering from a car accident and am unable to give her the time and attention she deserves. With me she would not be used for 2+ years and she need a job.
Jetta is broke w/j/l. She is soft with her aids and has a good woah.
Jetta is trail broke and will hack out alone or in a group if you would like to hack out.
Looking for a horse to show this season? Jetta could be your girl!
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Or not ^^^

I did some digging and they tried to sell the same horse last year as a 15 yr old green broke mare. Not sure a horse that was recently broke is the right horse for me.
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You never know. A year is a long time if the horse has been in regular work. That's a lot of hours under saddle and if she was quiet and friendly to begin with, why not?

I wouldn't count her out because she's only been under saddle for a year at all.
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Flo (RIP) was partial sighted and eventually blind in one eye after an accident when she was 8yrs old, it never affected her at all, she would slightly tilt her head to one side at times but she was never spooky and was out 'herd leader'.
This horse only has one eye
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post #15 of 37 Old 02-23-2016, 01:56 PM
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Oh yeah ... should speak to the blindness thing as well.

I had a gelding that had partial sight in one eye (fine in the other). We don't know what happened there ... likely poked himself in the eye with a stalk of hay or something when he shoved his head in the round feeder.

He was sweet as pie and quiet as they come. I don't think that horse EVER spooked. He was a giant at 17.2 hh and I used to pony toddlers on his back. He loved kids. He also loved cats. Cats would jump onto his back from anywhere and he would literally sigh, roll his eyes and never move a muscle. I miss that horse and regret selling him to this day.

As some others have said, he did sometimes tilt his head a little so he could use his good eye better but that's it. He still jumped and did dressage and went on trails without an issue.

The moon blindness would scare me so I would speak to a vet and make sure there isn't a big risk of it spreading to the other eye but I wouldn't discount a horse that had lost sight in one eye due to an injury.
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You never know. A year is a long time if the horse has been in regular work. That's a lot of hours under saddle and if she was quiet and friendly to begin with, why not?

I wouldn't count her out because she's only been under saddle for a year at all.
Except they are selling her because they've had an accident and cannot ride her so I'm not sure just how much riding she's got under her belt. She was used as a broodmare so may have spent most of her life just doing that. I asked a few questions and responses are always brief and positive. Not a lot of detail. The price is pretty low - why didn't anyone buy her? One red flag - she likes being outside 24/7 and will paw if left in her stall. I don't know, there's something about her that makes me hesitate. Since I'm not in a hurry and since she'd be several hours away to view, I think I'll pass for now.
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Just a thought, one trainer once mentioned to me that some of the hardest horses to work with were the bossy old brood mares because they had been doing things their way for years and did not take kindly to being put to work.
I don't know if this is true or not just something to think about. My mares that had foals were trained first and still worked right up to foaling and often I rode them with their foals so they were never really out of work just on reduced work.
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Got some more info on this mare. She actually sounds like she might have potential. And she's going cheap, so even if I had to invest a little in training, it might be worth it. Owner says he'll only sell her to the right home and is not in a hurry. I told him if she was still available in a month, I'd drive down to see her. I just can't take on another horse right now. There are no stalls available where we board Harley and because it's winter, the horses are all confined to one large paddock. I wouldn't want to throw her in with a bunch of strange horses - I'd want to have her in a separate paddock for a bit. By the end of March, we should be able to open another paddock and she already lives out 24/7 so it shouldn't be a big deal... she could spend a few nights in the indoor arena if the weather got really foul. But by the end of March, it's usually pretty mild and we've had almost no snow so it might be doable.
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Just a thought, one trainer once mentioned to me that some of the hardest horses to work with were the bossy old brood mares because they had been doing things their way for years and did not take kindly to being put to work.
I don't know if this is true or not just something to think about. My mares that had foals were trained first and still worked right up to foaling and often I rode them with their foals so they were never really out of work just on reduced work.
Yes, I worry that if she hasn't spent much of her life as a riding horse, she might resent being put to work. Although to be honest, she wouldn't have to work too hard with me. Just do some trails and graze in lush fields while I paint :)
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I'm hesitant to weigh in because I'm certainly no expert - but you know I just bought my second horse (sold the first). I was just looking for a horse to trail ride and who is fun and pleasant to be around. I ended up with a mare who has had good training in her past and many trail miles, and so far has been a blast to work with as I learn from her. She's laid back and calm, but responsive and knows so much more than I ever could take advantage of... but it's fun to stumble onto a new button or behavior, and then get coaching on how to 'operate it'. We're still in the 'getting to know you' phase, but so far so good. Time will tell.

Anyway, temperament first of course... but then I wouldn't sell yourself short on getting a horse who had really solid early training if possible. I almost settled on a couple, and I'm glad I was patient. Anyway, I bought my previous horse (was a very sweet tempered thing) thinking I could teach her some things or have a trainer fix 'holes' as I found them, but she was pretty spoiled and it just didn't work out in spite of $$ and effort spent.
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