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post #51 of 303 Old 04-27-2016, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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We tried out the gentle giant tonight. He is 16.3hh, so just under 17hh. Getting on and off was not as bad as I feared and once on him, both my daughter and myself felt completely comfortable. Sweet temperament, just as was promised to us. He is pretty slow and relaxed, but will trot and canter if pushed. He's not a complete deadhead, but I wouldn't count on him being the fastest one on the trail either. My daughter felt he was choppy, but I think it's just because he's so big that his movements feel exaggerated. No vices I could see (and I've talked to other people who know him and can confirm this). My daughter even tried picking up his feet to make sure she could, given his size, and he was fine.

Health issues: the owner said his front legs were hitting his back and they think it caused an injury on one back leg which has now been diagnosed as arthritic. He was X-rayed two years ago. He isn't lame, but she told me he can be stiff initially. He's just about to turn 14. Not sure what this might mean in the long term, but I would definitely do another X-ray to see if it's gotten worse. I'm concerned about the legs hitting (owner said it was because his old saddle didn't fit well - he now has a custom-fitted Schleese saddle!). He wears boots on the back because of this. He also had rain rot recently, but that has now cleared up.

I did also sense he might be stubborn on occasion. Owner said he doesn't like walking through puddles (but he'll walk through a stream no problem) and will just stop. I asked what she does then and she said she just lets another horse go first and he follows. But what if I want to go out alone? When riding back to the barn, I turned him away from the barn a couple of times just to see how he'd react. He would stop in his tracks and I'd have to kick him to make him go. But he did go.

I guess I feel he just doesn't have a lot of finesse. I love the fact that Harley is a sensitive horse and I just think about turning and he turns. But that sensitivity also means he's spooky on a trail. This horse is more like driving a two-ton truck. Not the most agile horse, but he gets the job done. Maybe this is what we need? You could definitely put a total beginner on this horse and not worry. He's nothing but kind and gentle and prefers to spend his days sleeping in the pasture than running around being foolish.

I honestly don't know what to think. Thoughts???

Here are some pictures of my daughter on him. Surprisingly, I don't find that he looks that huge with her on him.
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post #52 of 303 Old 04-27-2016, 07:06 PM
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Pics not showing for me. Arthritis, dealbreaker for me. You are looking for a reliable horse for your daughter to enjoy riding not to be looking at nursing it from the get-go. Don't be seduced by 'its here and now and ticks some boxes'. You haven't found your ideal horse yet, keep looking.
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Agree with ShirtHot.....do not waste your money on a PPE...keep looking.
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I happen to agree with both of you greentree and ShirtHotTeez. I'm just not feeling it with this horse. He has a great temperament, but I'm not in love with him. And then there's the arthritis...

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What is it with the pictures?
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I'm not seeing the pics either.

Arthritis and he is only 14 ----- darndarndarn. Not good.

rain rot is not a deal breaker but that arthritis? While the woman is being honest - to her credit, I think she wants out of him before the arthritis gets worse and she can't sell him.

Not going thru puddles wouldn't be a deal breaker for me. Rusty hates puddles but will run toward the lake - he loves big water, lollol.

Throwing in the custom Schleese sweetens the deal.

The arthritis at 14 is a much bigger question mark than it would be at 20.

Big as he is, he would be better off having an in/out stall, along with turnout time in the pasture. <<that doesn't mean I'm in favor of buying him now:(

It just means he is only 14 and already a special needs horse:(

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I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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Another one just popped up in the classifieds. Bombproof, kid-safe Quarter Horse. 16, just like Harley. Price is reasonable. And he's local, so we may check him out!
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I'm not seeing the pics either.

Arthritis and he is only 14 ----- darndarndarn. Not good.

rain rot is not a deal breaker but that arthritis? While the woman is being honest - to her credit, I think she wants out of him before the arthritis gets worse and she can't sell him.

Throwing in the custom Schleese sweetens the deal.

Not going thru puddles wouldn't be a deal breaker for me. Rusty hates puddles but will run toward the lake - he loves big water, lollol.

The arthritis at 14 is a much bigger question mark than it would be at 20.

Big as he is, he would be better off having an in/out stall, along with turnout time in the pasture. <<that doesn't mean I'm in favor of buying him now:(

It just means he is only 14 and already a special needs horse:(

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I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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I'm not seeing the pics either.

Arthritis and he is only 14 ----- darndarndarn. Not good.

rain rot is not a deal breaker but that arthritis? While the woman is being honest - to her credit, I think she wants out of him before the arthritis gets worse and she can't sell him.

Not going thru puddles wouldn't be a deal breaker for me. Rusty hates puddles but will run toward the lake - he loves big water, lollol.

Throwing in the custom Schleese sweetens the deal.

The arthritis at 14 is a much bigger question mark than it would be at 20.

Big as he is, he would be better off having an in/out stall, along with turnout time in the pasture. <<that doesn't mean I'm in favor of buying him now:(

It just means he is only 14 and already a special needs horse:(
Yes, it is a real concern. And at his size and weight, an arthritic leg might be a very real liability.

What do you mean by an in/out stall?
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The picture problem seems to be everywhere. It must be some kind of programming bug, like the 'like' thing. I even switched back to the new format to see if they would load. Nope.

I recommend you pass on this guy as well. Too many nice, sound, sane horses out there that need homes, and this guy sounds like a problem in the making. You don't want those-my client has several and they are expen$ive. If you were OK with the arthritis thing, there are plenty of amazing schoolmasters out there that I am sure are veterans on the trail as well. And their arthritis is old age, not some other worrying thing.
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