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post #1 of 20 Old 01-15-2018, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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Should I buy this horse?

I've been looking for a horse since november, and I finally found the perfect horse. He was started western, but then retrained to be a hunter/jumper. He still rides perfect western, and jumps well too. He's great on trails. I had him vetted last week, and the vet found swelling below the hock on his right hind leg. The swelling was not causing him to be off on that leg either. She also said that he reacted poorly to being palpated right above his tail. Those don't seem like huge issues to me, but this is my first time purchasing a horse, and I want some advice. My trainer isn't in town at the moment so I can't talk to her about it. He's an amazing horse, and the people who are selling him are the nicest, most honest people. Please let me know what you think.
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post #2 of 20 Old 01-15-2018, 12:07 PM
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You mean the vet told you that the horse has "symptoms", but failed to provide any hint of a diagnosis, or at least rule out the most severe conditions of which these symptoms may be indicative? Color me puzzled!
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post #3 of 20 Old 01-15-2018, 12:13 PM
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I think we need to know the vets conclusion on these sore spots, not enough info given to say if you should run away or not.

If your trainer has not seen the horse, and these are lovely people get them to hold the horse on a deposit until your trainer returns and can assess.

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I agree with @Golden Horse . I would wait until your trainer returns to make a decision - perhaps bring your trainer with you to view and try the horse.

The soreness could be nothing serious, or it could be indicative of a larger problem - very odd that the vet didn't expand on this.
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post #5 of 20 Old 01-15-2018, 12:35 PM
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It is really odd the vet didn't elaborate more on the soreness. Hmmm...most would at least diagnose, or give you some type of answer.

I would also wait until the trainer is back. They can go with you. It's better to just wait to be sure. And if it doesn't workout, well, onto the next prospect. :) Better to make sure.
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post #6 of 20 Old 01-15-2018, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah it was sort of weird, she said the leg could just be swelling or it could be arthritis, but it sort of sounded to me like she was trying to get me to pay money for more tests. The vet also said the back pain could be caused by saddle fit issues, but I don't know how saddle fit issues could be her first suggestion because the pain is right above his tail bone. She gave me no actual conclusions as to either of the issues. The owner also said that she felt over that area and he didn't care at all.Anyways the owner decided to pay for another vet check from a different vet, because she promised me was healthy and she wants to prove it. That is scheduled for tomorrow.
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post #7 of 20 Old 01-15-2018, 01:04 PM
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the owner decided to pay for another vet check from a different vet, because she promised me was healthy and she wants to prove it. That is scheduled for tomorrow.
Mmmmm suspicious, what’s the asking price on this horse?
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post #8 of 20 Old 01-15-2018, 01:20 PM
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Usually you don't want to use the sellers vet for obvious reasons. It's clear the horse has swelling on his hock. Usually x-ray is how you tell what is causing the swelling.
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post #9 of 20 Old 01-15-2018, 01:55 PM
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Mmmmm suspicious, what’s the asking price on this horse?
Yeah I was like "oh how sweet"... but are YOU finding the second vet or is she?

This sounds rather fishy. Make sure the vet is someone YOU want and not someone the seller picks.
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post #10 of 20 Old 01-15-2018, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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We decided on the vet together, and I called to make sure that they've never had the seller as a client, and they had not.
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