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I need advise on this little girl that is at a horse dealer Yearling colt
I have rescued horses in the past but I don't know much about this type of issue. what are the chances she will stay at least pasture sound as she gets older? to me I don't see it straightening so is surgery a option? Is this a congenital thing? Any chance she could be used for packing when she is older?
 

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I need advise on this little girl that is at a horse dealer Yearling colt
I have rescued horses in the past but I don't know much about this type of issue. what are the chances she will stay at least pasture sound as she gets older? to me I don't see it straightening so is surgery a option? Is this a congenital thing? Any chance she could be used for packing when she is older?
If she was mine, I'd have either done surgery right away or had her put down. She could "maybe" be a pasture pet as is, but useful for anything? Doubtful. :-(
 

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I'd say the odds that she'll be pasture sound for at least 10 years are pretty good, so long as her owner stays on top of her farrier visits and doesn't let her feet get bad....but I may be wrong and she may never be sound.

As it is from what I can see in the picture, I wouldn't ever want to try riding her or using her for any type of work because I really don't believe she'd hold up to it. There is really no way to tell what might have caused it, whether she inherited it or maybe suffered an injury as a foal.

I wouldn't want to bring her home, even for only $5 because she'd cost so much in the long run with vet bills and special care and she might never be good for anything more than turning grass into poop. You can visit basically any auction and find horses more liable to live a sound and useful life for less than a tank of gas.
 

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If I buy her your saying its too late for surgery? I don't want to get her just to find out I have to put her down I just feel bad for the little girl her future isn't looking all that great as it stands right now
 

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yes your probably right about being better off going to a auction and getting one that would at least be a sound buddy for another horse
 

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Only a vet could tell you if surgery would help.

Personally, I wouldn't want to pay $500+ for a full exam and consult with an orthopedic specialist on a $5 horse, regardless of the outcome of the exam. However, I wouldn't judge you badly if you were willing to do so.

My only thing is....you could feed 5 horses for a month with that kind of money. In situations like this, my practicality tends to over-rule my heart.
 

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As much as I hate it I suppose its not practical for me to help her but just saying that makes me angry at myself but I know could probably do better with the same money and help more then one horse with it and maybe get a donkey or horse I can use to pack with. Good thing I didn't go visit her no way I could of said no then :( I feel guilty WAY to easy!
 

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As much as I hate it I supposedly not practical for me to help her but just saying that makes me angry at myself but I know could probably do better with the same money and help more then one horse with it and maybe get a donkey or horse I can use to pack with. Good thing I didn't go visit her no way I could of said no then :( I feel guilty WAY to easy!
Bless you. As hard as it is, she is best to be put down IMO. I do think surgery could have helped if it been done a lot sooner but they waited to long. It's a shame, poor girl.
 

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If I had the funds I might give it a go. If putting the horse down is the answer then it will still be the same answer after investigation IF the rest of her seems worth it.

I would not take it too far. And you have to have the means to get her to a vet, get it xrayed and so forth, and all the rest to SEE if there is an answer.

BTW the answer would have to be riding and using sound, NOT pasture sound. IMO a horse that is only an ornament should be put down as inexpensively and humanely as possible. Horses are too expensive and they are livestock. Harsh I know.. but that is me.
 

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The fact that all of her hooves appear long and overgrown is a good indication that corrective trimming that might have helped her is not being done. It costs the same to keep a sound horse as a lame one (or less to keep the sound one). If you have the funds I guess go for it, but this, sadly, looks like a huge money pit to me with an unknown outcome as to her longevity.
 

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Honestly, if I were in the area, I would take her. I'm not of the mind that if they can't be used for something, there's no reason to keep them alive. If she could live happily and comfortably as I pasture puff I would give her a chance to do that. And if she wouldn't be comfortable long-term, I would buy her and have her put down to save her from ending up in the hands of someone who would try to ride her. I know not many feel this way, but that is what I would do.
 

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I was thinking about her all night and I keep thinking if I don't help her what chance will she have? I really don't mind having a horse I cant ride as long as he or she is comfortable. At the same time I am not rich years ago I would have taken her without thinking even if it resulted in having to put her down in the end but now I just don't have the space and resources for a horse I can't use at least for light packing. There is a part of me that thinks I am being selfish and I should save her because a life is a life. I am having a hard time with this
 

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Off topic, but what on EARTH is a filly colt? That's what it says in the advert... Maybe its a new gender of horse :p
I suspect the owner came from OK, TX, AR, LA originally. Around here, young horses are all colts, regardless of sex. A filly colt is a young, female horse. It K I L L S me when I hear that. :twisted:
 

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Nuts, I'm such an enabler:?

If you have a spare $400 and you are so inclined, then I would say take her - $100 for a basic opinion from the vet; if the vet opinion is guarded and "let's see" you've got $300 to invest in some xrays and a farrier; if the opinion is not good then you've got $200 to have her euthanized. Either way you're doing a kindness to the filly.
 

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If I had the money I'd buy her and have her PTS. There are many other perfectly fine, useful, healthy horses out there that need homes. I couldn't see wasting resources on a horse when the resources could go to a more productive member of the horse world.
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Wow this is such an emotional topic and I can see both sides...more horses could be saved with the money spent on this one (possibly hopeless but who knows) damaged filly....but a horse life is still a life and not everything is based on utility. I wish we had all the money and resources to save them all but we don't. Dixon, I empathize with you completely and understand your feelings for this filly, and should you decide to go for it, I applaud you. But if you decide to put your kind heart elsewhere, I also applaud you. You are a good person to be so kind and we need more people like you out there looking out for the souls with no voices.
 

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It's unfortunate, but with the economy the way it is today and the state of most folks finances, we need to maximize the "bang for the buck" most of the time. So, I would only recommend spending on a sound, using horse, not a pasture puff. Unless, you have the kind of income that can support that kind of thing, in which case.....go for it!
 
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