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post #11 of 15 Old 11-21-2014, 11:49 PM
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OP I really think you're getting in over your head. This horse sounds like a trail of vet bills waiting to happen, that will likely amount to MORE than what Rusty's Navicular treatments would have cost... especially given that you don't know whether she will be able to function by herself. I think you seriously need to reconsider this option.
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post #12 of 15 Old 11-21-2014, 11:58 PM
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Sorry, but I read and REREAD the two posts made by Rusty and no where did she/he say anything about something wrong with the horse besides some training problems. Where do the "vet bills" come in or did I miss something. As stated before, she is NOT in foal anymore.

OP, just take it slow. Put her in a small pen, not to small, with the run-in shed, food, and water. Just spend some time with her in her pen, get her used to you and know that you aren't going to ship her off to the slaughterhouse. Once she trusts you, I'd go back and do basic groundwork. Haltering, leading, grooming, picking up her hooves, saddling. Do desensitation work, and A LOT, before riding her, unless you feel comfortable enough.

If you don't have a ton of experience with this, get someone experienced to come help you out, mentor you, etc.

As for being alone, it really depends on the horse. Some can be content with living alone, and others need a companion. You could get a goat, miniature pony, donkey, etc.

Hope all goes well with this horse. I probably would have done the same!
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post #13 of 15 Old 11-22-2014, 12:15 AM
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A complicated pregnancy and delivery can lead to health issues in the future. A horse that has been passed from owner to owner, been neglected / treated roughly, whos past may be unclear, etc... I'm sorry, but OP couldn't afford the vet care needed for her previous horse, what if something comes up with this new horse? She's going to be just as hard to place as Rusty was... I don't mean to be critical, but OP needs to think her finances through VERY carefully, and if she's going to keep this mare start planning now to have money set aside in case anything comes up.
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post #14 of 15 Old 11-24-2014, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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I am going to set money aside for a vet. There are no health problems with my mare. She is no longer in foal and the babie was sold when my friend got MidNight. Midnight is herd bound that's all. She needs ground work training and is green broke but knows how to go forward, back, stop, turn. She has lots of potential. I am going to have a friend of mine who is a pro trainer help me train her. She's already letting me catch her with ease and let's me toss a lead rope on her. Once she knows some things not gonna hurt her. She is very willing and gentle. She is a very smart girl.
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post #15 of 15 Old 11-25-2014, 01:08 AM
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I am the kind of person that tries to keep a horse until it dies, BUT if she rehomed the navicular horse and got a sound horse that only has some minor training issues, I don't see what the big problem is? To me, it sounds like she bettered herself because this horse has the potential to be a sound riding horse.

I don't buy that the mare had difficulty foaling and now she's not going to be healthy. I bought an ex-broodmare that had 10 foals (I didn't realize how many until after I bought her) and she has made a superb riding horse for me. She too, had been through many owners. She's 20 now and is starting to get some stiffness and arthritis, but considering I got her for practically nothing and got a good 5 years trail riding out of her, I think she did pretty good. She is still good for light trails but I am slowly reducing her workload because I am now riding her 4 yr old son.

Other than perhaps her small size, I think a sound horse should be much easier to rehome than a navicular horse if she should need to rehome her at some point.
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