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post #11 of 303 Old 04-21-2016, 05:11 PM
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I just drove 6 1/2 hours to see a horse that I had corresponded with the owner for over a week. When I got there the horse was not 100% as described but still matched all of my criteria. We haggled over price and I got what I think was an excellent deal.
CONGRATS on finding a new horse! :)

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For a child your daughters age - no I wouldn't buy that horse
He's a good size and not as bulky as I expected a Canadian x to be and quiet is good but your daughter's a good little rider that wants to do some showing classes on her own horse and I don't see that one excelling at that job. He might be good on the trails but as her confidence grows so will her ambitions to do more challenging things and I think she'd soon get dissatisfied with him.
I've had older horses and ponies that were still competitive in their 20's but they'd always been competitive and when those senior years came on them we were thinking about winding them down a bit plus even the healthiest older horses can suddenly get struck down by conditions more associated with increasing age like Cushings and arthritis and you are more likely to find yourself with a horse that isn't up to what you want him for than if you buy something younger that she can grow and improve with
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For a child your daughters age - no I wouldn't buy that horse
He's a good size and not as bulky as I expected a Canadian x to be and quiet is good but your daughter's a good little rider that wants to do some showing classes on her own horse and I don't see that one excelling at that job. He might be good on the trails but as her confidence grows so will her ambitions to do more challenging things and I think she'd soon get dissatisfied with him.
I've had older horses and ponies that were still competitive in their 20's but they'd always been competitive and when those senior years came on them we were thinking about winding them down a bit plus even the healthiest older horses can suddenly get struck down by conditions more associated with increasing age like Cushings and arthritis and you are more likely to find yourself with a horse that isn't up to what you want him for than if you buy something younger that she can grow and improve with
I do have strong reservations about this horse, but to be clear, this would not be a horse for my daughter to compete on. She has Harley for that. She still rides him, even canters and jumps him. However, I'd like a horse we can take out on trails and Harley needs work in that area. I'd most likely end up putting my daughter on horse # 2 for trails and I'd ride Harley because he can be spooky. We are not looking for a second show horse, just a companion/mom horse.

That said, the seller told me they had an issue and had to call the vet out because of some "pain" that looked like colic but was not. He told her they needed to "shake" the hay so it didn't clump in the mare's stomach. That, coupled with the fact that the horse is far away and is almost two years older than advertised makes me feel I should pass on this one.
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CONGRATS on finding a new horse! :)

(Sorry AA for hijacking this thread. I'm guessing you won't mind since you & I do it to other threads all the time. )
Hijack away!!! :)

And yes, you're probably right, it's too much money for a backyard pony. However, I'd be prepared to pay it it I thought this horse would be totally 100% bombproof on trails. I don't really care about the money. I do care about taking on a horse that might have health issues.
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Also, I tracked the seller's Facebook page down and found this picture. Can anyone tell me what those bumps are?
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Also, I tracked the seller's Facebook page down and found this picture. Can anyone tell me what those bumps are?
Could be insect bites ?
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She called them fat pockets...

And there are a couple of other red flags. So yeah, I think I'll pass on this one.
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Curly Cushings coat?

(Please excuse me, I have Cushings on the brain right now so I'm probably overly paranoid!!)
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Curly Cushings coat?

(Please excuse me, I have Cushings on the brain right now so I'm probably overly paranoid!!)
Possibly? If the horse were closer, I'd probably go have a look... but it's a long trip to make and the odds are starting to tip in the direction of this horse not being what I'm looking for. And I'm not in a hurry to get a second horse...

Thanks to everyone for your thoughtful comments. By asking the right questions, I was able to get enough information to raise red flags. It's been very helpful.
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