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post #11 of 28 Old 08-31-2014, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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IME, a horse that is even somewhat broke should be safe to ride almost as soon as you pull them off the trailer. If they aren't, then there is some holes in the training that would need to be addressed.

The whole "let them settle in" thing never really made much sense to me. Horses that get hauled all over the continent for rodeos or shows or trail rides don't get a week or more to "settle" to the new surroundings before being expected to behave under saddle. Why should the expectation be any less for any other horse in the world? Anyway, sorry for my off topic rant LOL.

Even my customer horses that I got in for training, I would frequently be riding them either the same day they arrived or the day after...and these were often horses that had not been ridden.


Personally, if it was me and I could afford it, I'd go ahead and get a PPE and include x-rays of the legs and hooves. A good vet should be able to tell you whether the lameness is actually due to an abscess or whether there may be something more serious lurking in there too.
sorry i was just going by what i was told/researched on the settling in.
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post #12 of 28 Old 08-31-2014, 12:16 PM
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Personally, I would want to know exactly what the issue is before taking any sort of possession or responsibility. A week sounds like a very short period for a trial since you are dealing with a lameness issue.
My "Danger, Will Robinson" bells would be going off all over the place on this one, but I hope it works out for you. Please keep us posted.
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post #13 of 28 Old 08-31-2014, 06:00 PM
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I'd get xrays of the feet during that trial period. DEFINITELY

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post #14 of 28 Old 08-31-2014, 08:00 PM
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Personally-I wouldn't touch this with a 10 ft pole. Owner should get her sound, then sell her. If the horse has had the lameness since July, what is going to happen in one week to make her sound? I agree, if you are really interested in this horse I would wait, and or get a PPE of sorts from a vet to see what is really going on. I am a bit suspicious on this one. Most folks I know who are selling a horse do not try to sell a lame one, with lots of excuses as to why.

^^^^^what he said^^^^^

Maybe lease this horse for a couple of months?
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post #15 of 28 Old 08-31-2014, 08:14 PM
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Personally, I would want to know exactly what the issue is before taking any sort of possession or responsibility. A week sounds like a very short period for a trial since you are dealing with a lameness issue.
My "Danger, Will Robinson" bells would be going off all over the place on this one, but I hope it works out for you. Please keep us posted.
Definitely. Also you're going to put shoes on the horse while on trial?? I know that I, as a seller would absolutely be ****ed, did you talk to the seller, how about get it in writing???

Best of luck!

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putting shoes over an abcess is not going to make a horse sound. probably do more harm than good. I would not take on a lame horse.
I would pass or have her Vet checked. The Vet should be able to tell you if there is a more serious issue. I would NOT use the sellers Vet. i would not take possession of this horse.
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post #17 of 28 Old 08-31-2014, 10:39 PM
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IME a single abscess will rarely cause lameness for a long period of time. You may have a case where it pops, horse feels better, then it closes up before it can fully drain and it recurs, but for two+ months? Very suspicious.

Trials can be very expensive- I lost nearly $1k on a horse I took home on trial that I really thought was the one. Board, PPE, feed and supplements to match her current diet, and paying someone to haul her back to the owner all added up quickly.

If you're set on this horse, have the PPE done before you bring her home on trial.

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post #18 of 28 Old 09-01-2014, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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Definitely. Also you're going to put shoes on the horse while on trial?? I know that I, as a seller would absolutely be ****ed, did you talk to the seller, how about get it in writing???

Best of luck!
yes the seller knows, it's even in the trial contract. seller knows the horse needs shoes.
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post #19 of 28 Old 09-01-2014, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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putting shoes over an abcess is not going to make a horse sound. probably do more harm than good. I would not take on a lame horse.
I would pass or have her Vet checked. The Vet should be able to tell you if there is a more serious issue. I would NOT use the sellers Vet. i would not take possession of this horse.
putting shoes on a foot sore horse would not help?
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post #20 of 28 Old 09-01-2014, 11:50 AM
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shoeing Over AN abcess ...
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