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post #11 of 19 Old 06-13-2014, 08:03 AM
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I hear you guys, esp Darkpony - yup, I'm just one opinion that you don't have to listen to of course, but why repeatedly ask me if you won't ever listen?? Know a couple like that, always telling me they trust my judgement & want me to tell them what's best... only to do the opposite! Recently a friend asked me to look at a vet report for a.. some thousands of dollars first horse for her daughter. The vet report said GRADE 4(!!) lameness due to arthritis & fused joints, normal for a horse of his age(!!) - 19yo. Needs to be constantly managed with a bucket of meds, may be OK for light riding. So you can guess what I advised, but got a call yesterday to come & evaluate their new purchase. Sigh.
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Whenever I've been asked to attend a possible purchase, it has worked out well. I've turned down more than a few as I've detected very slight lameness, breathing issues, something a newbie wouldn't see. I've had to convince a few to not go with their heart unless they want a pile of regrets.

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post #13 of 19 Old 06-13-2014, 10:27 AM
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Like Darkpony I too have come across people who have bought more horses than most horse dealers!
The worse was a spoilt girl in her teens who went through 17 horses in a year! Most they gave away. Most were good animals just they hadn't a clue.
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post #14 of 19 Old 06-13-2014, 11:24 AM
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Oh god have I ever seen this.

I had a "friend" who went through horses like some people go through toilet paper.

For 3 years she had a gorgeous Spotted Draft gelding who was green as grass. Poor ground manners, she was terrified to ride him. She asked me if I could work with him - I'm okay if it's just a simple matter where you need to establish leadership, but I could tell this horse was WAY the hell over my head.

She was a big lady, and convinced she needed a full-sized draft horse. In the past 4 years she's had 10 horses, most of them bought sight unseen from places like the Camelot Horse Weekly page, or Another Chance 4 Horses (which, if you do some Googling, has a less-than-stellar reputation to say the least). One Percheron gelding would have been perfect but she let someone talk her into selling him after she took a fall that wasn't the horse's fault.

After 5 draft horses who didn't work out for one reason or another, she finally got a hold of this GORGEOUS paint gelding. Trained to the nines. My jaw literally dropped when I watched this horse's video.

Of course she got him and...dead lame. It turned out whoever had him last put leather pads on him and never bothered to change them out, and he had a raging fungal infection in all 4 feet. She quickly ran out of money and wound up giving him to a local rescue who thankfully were able to get him sound. His new owners now ride AND drive him. Everyone who had met that horse LOVED him- just a sweet, easygoing guy broke to the hilt. She really missed the boat on that horse, because he would have been perfect.

So of course she's cycled through 4 more horses in that time who were all crazy or unsuitable for one reason or another. She finally happened upon a Percheron gelding she actually got a trainer to help her with, and last I saw she was riding him, although I'm pretty certain she's gotten rid of him now too.

I told her once if she put all the money and time she's wasted on unsuitable horses into finding just one REALLY good, carefully considered horse instead of ten impulse buys, she'd wind up with something amazing.
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post #15 of 19 Old 06-13-2014, 06:11 PM
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I hate it when a newbie goes out and buys a really good horse, rides it on trails and thats it, then gets scared of it and uses it as a pasture puff..... THAT irritates me.
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post #16 of 19 Old 06-13-2014, 06:50 PM
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I have friend that is new to owning a horse, her instructor talked her into getting it because "it was going to be put down", it was very underweight, wormy, 3 years old and not trained (that they knew of). The instructors way of starting the pony? Start it while it's still is a emaciated state, of course it won't do anything if it's 150 pound under weight. Of course the instructor sees nothing wrong with the friend lunging and riding this pony (still underweight) every day.

Yeah nothing wrong about that.
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Horse shoppers are willing to pay vets, farriers, trainers, but rarely are they willing to pay someone knowledgeable to attend a horse viewing. I suppose it's ego that gets in the way with men and pity for the animal with women. If this is the way they wish to do it then they deserve what they wind up with.

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post #18 of 19 Old 06-14-2014, 07:52 PM
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^Yeah, just that the horse doesn't deserve what they often end up with!
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We are in agreement on that note.

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