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post #31 of 55 Old 07-10-2015, 10:32 AM
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The PPE is TODAY!!!!! I am so excited. I will let you all know how it goes. And, I am able to ride this horse, she is not too small, but in the end it is quite likely that I would be more comfortable on a larger horse.
I hope everything goes well with the ppe!! Let us know what you decide!
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post #32 of 55 Old 07-10-2015, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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Sadly, the PPE did not go well. The vet caught a slight lameness in the right rear leg, and X-ray confirmed arthritis in this 10 year old horse. So the owner ended our lease so Jersey could rest and get treatment, and we'll be looking around for a new horse to buy:(
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post #33 of 55 Old 07-10-2015, 05:54 PM
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I can't say I'd retire a horse who showed slight lameness due to arthritis. Not working will make it worse, not better. Our mule who has some pretty bad arthritis for her age (looks like she was overworked at a young age) does way, way better if kept in work than if allowed to sit in a pasture all the time.
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post #34 of 55 Old 07-10-2015, 05:56 PM
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So . . . will Jersey NOT get used by the instructor anymore because she has "slight" lameness/arthritis??? There are things we can do to help our horses as they age, and if Jersey has been doing well and is just right for your daughter, then maybe investigate some of the options.

Jersey's arthritis must be VERY slight if the instructor was using her for lessons several times a week and never noticed lameness.
I wouldn't close the door on this so fast, but I don't know what your goals are with Jersey and your daughter.
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post #35 of 55 Old 07-10-2015, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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Jersey is not getting retired, just some time off until her arthritis meds kick in. But, in the meantime we can't lease her, and I don't want to buy a first horse that is going to need maintenance for arthritis for the next 20 years.
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post #36 of 55 Old 07-10-2015, 06:00 PM
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Okay. Well, it sounds like your daughter will still be able to get lessons with her, so maybe this isn't the time to get a horse, just yet. Something will come along, and when it does, maybe it will be a good fit for you both.

P.S. I'm sorry for your disappointment and that of your daughter. I believe I understand how you must feel. :'(


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post #37 of 55 Old 07-10-2015, 07:05 PM
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Oh, dang, yeah, that was probably a grossly unwelcome surprise. So sorry.

It is very easy to say and not so easy to do, but I will be among those who encourage you to take your time looking for the right horse. Especially difficult as now she does not even have her lesson/lease horse, but there IS the right horse out there. Seriously. And you will know it when you find it.
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post #38 of 55 Old 08-13-2015, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Introducing Chesapeake Jersey!!!!!!

So, just as an update, I wanted to let all of you know that after an unsuccessful search for other horses, we did end up buying Jersey, who we renamed Chesapeake Jersey, or Chessie. Her arthritis is well controlled with supplements, and we are as happy as can be! As she is a pony, I was hoping to rename her Princess Rainbow Unicorn Purple, but was sadly vetoed by my more mature 6 and 8 year old children.

Thank you all for your help and support!!!!!
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post #39 of 55 Old 08-13-2015, 05:05 PM
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My friend (DH's associate atty) just moved to an aging, 20 home, equine community, and the horses graze right across the fence from their yard. Her 9yo DD Thinks she has the horse bug, so she's signing her up for lessons and is going to wait 1 1/2 years to see if the daughter retains her interest. In the meantime, she has asked me for advice, and for "possible" future purchase. I told her, that if they end up buying one horse, she needs a full sized horse that ALL of the family can ride and enjoy.
Little people can ride a bigger horse and grow into that horse. We have a new thread about adults riding ponies, but all of the adults are small, under 150 pounds or so, and their mounts can handle that, so I agree with you.
Ponies change hands a LOT more often than horses do. Unless you jump in the deep end, you will all outgrow a pony UNLESS that pony is also a seasoned driving pony, too, which ponies do QUITE WELL. A horse or pony can pull up to 4x the weight that they can carry.
If the lesson pony was over 14hh, I say, maybe, but I think you'll be selling it in the future when she gets bigger and taller and heavier.
I had a 13.2hh grade pony, "Toma", that I used for lessons. He was really a full sized barrel horse with shorter legs. (the tobiano below)

I am riding the 15.1hh QH next to him (1987). "Toma" had been part of a rental string, and he had been running back to the barn, hence the sale. I retrained him and he was a faithful mount until he developed arthritis in his 20's. He lived to be 35yo and died in my barn in 2004.

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post #40 of 55 Old 08-13-2015, 05:32 PM
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I'm not sure if you said how big tall she is (I'm too lazy to read back ) but she looks very sturdy and still quite tall for your daughter. She's not a skinny, delicate little thing that your daughter will grow out of quickly. I bet she'll be able to keep riding her for a lot of years.

Congrats! She sounds like a great horse.
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