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post #21 of 30 Old 10-10-2015, 08:37 AM
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I really like him. If he's a good boy now, he'll stay that way. A lot of good riding and exercise will change his body shape but he's really not that skinny. If he checks out healthy and sound and you like him, then get him.
I can understand you hesitating because of your previous experience but it's not really the same. With grey horses you will probably be more aggravated trying to keep him clean than dealing with any kind of cancer issue. He looks like he would be worth the aggravation. :)
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post #22 of 30 Old 10-10-2015, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone - Definitely leaning towards giving it a try now. You all gave wonderful perspective... much appreciated. Sounds like more to gain than to lose. I'm going to talk with them this weekend and we'll see if it works out.

Someone asked his age... that's one thing I'd like a vet's opinion on. He looks older (due to his spine and withers being sharp... that doesn't really show much in the photo). The folks who have him now were told he is 10. They had the vet look him over, and they said they expected her to tell them the horse was actually older, but the vet concurred that he's somewhere around 10 or 12. I'd want another opinion.
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post #23 of 30 Old 10-10-2015, 10:41 AM
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Agree you are being emotional due to your dog instead of rationally thinking here.

Grey horses are a HUGE percentage of MANY breeds. There are many many many grey horses out there. Most will never get melanomas. Most of the ones that do are VERY VERY minor. Out of the ones that have more major ones they are usually easily removed or managed. I have dealt with ONE horse with "major" melanomas (several large spots) and they didn't bother her at all, more a worry for her owner (not sure if this mare was even grey)! This is out of however many grey horses I have worked with and my mid 20s gelding of my own. I have HEARD of ONE horse where they were actually a problem and he belongs to a forum member. Very widespread and in problem areas, when removed they come back quickly and worse, etc.

It's really not a big deal. There are also plenty of boxers that don't have cancer. It's not like grey horses= melanomas. Some things ARE problems in some breeds (not this) and it's still not a death sentence. We just put out 12 year old mutt down with cancer this spring. Perfectly healthy up until that point. German Shepherds are prone to epilepsy (among multiple other breeds) and ours started having seizures at 7 years old... but it's not actually epilepsy (late onset brain injury) so you can't fault the breed. These really are statistics and while they can be more common melanomas are not that common nor are they a big deal. I have worked with lots of Arabians and never seen any issues. Again I have HEARD of one horse that has issues from them Something like cancer is obviously a much larger deal than a melanoma (melanoma does not equal cancer they are often benign)

You can talk to the vet about it when they come out for a pre purchase exam.

Let us know how it goes :)
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post #24 of 30 Old 10-11-2015, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Agree you are being emotional due to your dog instead of rationally thinking here.
Ahhhh - but actually I think I'm being quite rational. Frankly, considering my experience, I believe the emotional thing to do would be to jump into something without considering the variables. Your points are well taken, and I'm not overly concerned now about the melanoma risk.

The most emotional / irrational thing I've done is fall for horses in the first place
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post #25 of 30 Old 10-11-2015, 03:56 PM
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The most emotional / irrational thing I've done is fall for horses in the first place
Oh I BEG your pardon! Falling for horses is the thing that only really sensible people do!

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post #26 of 30 Old 10-11-2015, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Oh I BEG your pardon! Falling for horses is the thing that only really sensible people do!
Yes, Dreamcatcher, I stand corrected!

You've kind of been with me since the beginning of my adventure, haven't you?? You'll be glad to know I've come a long way... but still kind of a mess obviously lol and still enjoying the 'ride'
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Dark horses also get melanomas and sarcomas....don't pass up a good one.
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post #28 of 30 Old 10-11-2015, 11:59 PM
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Agreed, 99% of the time, melanomas in grays are nothing more than an unsightly blemish. Veterinary science is making great leaps toward effective treatments and cures. I try to keep up on it because I'm one of the unlucky 1% that got a horse where the melanomas really are a problem.

There seems to have been a great deal of success by treating it with cimetidine (tagamet for human heartburn) and they are currently working on a vaccine of sorts that will hopefully be a permanent cure.

He is a good looking boy and if you click with him, I'd have him vetted and bring him home.
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post #29 of 30 Old 10-12-2015, 12:41 AM
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I like him. If the vet check is good, take him home. Anything good comes with risks. You may not think he's beautiful now, but after you work with him some and he build some muscle, in your eyes, he will be the most handsome horse in the world. You'll take pride in knowing that you helped him get that way.

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post #30 of 30 Old 10-12-2015, 01:37 AM
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Have the vet check him. Look at his head , under his ears, sheath, on the tail top and bottom, and rectum.
There are grey horses that are okay,the grey quarter horse who is 10 or 12 has no tumors, the ones I have owned that had problems were TB and Arabian. The Arab mare was full of tumors , found after she was euthed , necropsy done by the Vet ( he asked said he wanted to see) her tail was covered in tumors, that would crack and bleed.
He is a nice looking horse. He does need a few more groceries. My TB's that had been starved and brought back never did get a filled in top line, but they were older horses.
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