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post #1 of 8 Old 08-26-2015, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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New horse with thrush

My husband and I purchased 5 acres and I am finally getting back into horses! I spent years with an Appaloosa gelding and a Welsh Cob gelding as a teenager. I had to give the horse life up when my parents divorced, but 30 years later my dream is coming true again.

I have the opportunity to have a 14yo QH and a 16yo TWH and everything that comes with them for almost free. We know if it sounds too good to be true, it probably it is. :) The issue here is that the TWH has mild thrush in 3 feet being treated with powder, and a summer sore around the ankle. The thrush is not chronic. The area that the horses are being boarded has had record rainfall and flooding in the past month. They had 21-23 days straight rainfall. My area is 2 hours away and much drier.

The horses need to be moved this weekend. The family doesn't have money for board, feed, vet, etc. I can get them here this weekend and have the farrier out, and vet if needed.

I'm curious to see what others would do. I've been in contact with the owner through email and text and I'm driving out to see them on Friday afternoon.

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post #2 of 8 Old 08-26-2015, 11:55 AM
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While a case of thrush (if that's all that's wrong with him) wouldn't turn me off, I would be cautious about whether these horses are suitable for you along with worrying about what other things may be wrong with them.

You say you're just getting back into horses after 30 years - have you been taking any lessons or working with an experienced horse person lately or is it JUST now getting back in cold turkey? If you are just jumping into it, I would be extremely careful. There are many free/cheap horses who need homes and not all of them have issues, but some do have serious issues. I would be more concerned with suitability training-wise than anything else at this point, but health is obviously a concern as well.

If you have some experienced horse friends (or better yet, a trainer) take them with you to see these horses. I would also suggest getting a vet exam even thought hey are free. A "free" horse can cost you a lot in vet money.
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post #3 of 8 Old 08-26-2015, 12:01 PM
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Or the thrush story could be a cover up for a chronic lameness, just to get him on your trailer. Call me suspicious.
I've never heard of thrush being treated with a powder but that doesn't mean there isn't one.

Horses have to be moved soon is another ploy used unless you are the one with the time crunch.

You really should get pre-purchase exams done on those horses.
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-26-2015, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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I've been in touch with horses off an on through the years. I have a couple of friends who own horses and I'm able to go trail riding with them here and there.

I was also an Animal Science major/pre vet at the U of Fl. I did some weekend study at the Ocala Stud Farm, volunteered with the Equine Neonatology team, and helped manage a little research herd of small horses for a semester. So I've still been dabbling when I can.

I think she's putting No Thrush on them, hence the powder. I'll see what I can do as far as getting an exam done on short notice. The time crunch comes from the fact that the barn rent is due the 1st of the month and the pasture is sloppy.
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post #5 of 8 Old 08-26-2015, 12:42 PM
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The way things are rushed along (I get it--board) would have me suspicious as well... We all just don't want you to be stuck with unsuitable horses! :) Try your best to get a PPE done... Have you done a test ride on the horse that doesn't have thrush?

The sensitivity of the internet baffles me.
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post #6 of 8 Old 08-26-2015, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Test ride is Friday at 4
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post #7 of 8 Old 08-26-2015, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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And I do appreciate everyone's concern :)
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-26-2015, 05:21 PM
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Thrush is no biggie. Easy to fix if you stay on it.

“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ” ~ William Shakespeare
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