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post #11 of 12 Old 10-29-2015, 11:31 AM
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Yeah - definitely worth checking out based on the additional details. One thing I would definitely try to be aware of is to make sure that the horse is in the same or similar body condition (weight/muscle) now that the prospective owner hopes to maintain it in. I've known a few people who have bought very quiet, excellent beginners' horses that have been not as quiet as hoped once up to weight/muscle. Not all of these have been TBs (a couple have) but since some TBs have a tendency to being harder keepers, it is something to keep in mind for sure.
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post #12 of 12 Old 10-29-2015, 11:16 PM
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^One thing to keep in mind, re body condition, esp of OT horses who were trained hard as babies, is injury/damage. I would suggest that any horse is seen by a chiropractic vet(ie body specialist, not just regular vet) before purchasing. If the buyer wants the horse regardless, and not to do anything hard on, they'll better know what they're getting & how to manage/treat it, but if the buyer wants a horse to do any 'high performance' stuff on - jumping, dressage, etc - they may find out before committing that the match ain't so good after all.
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