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areias
01-13-2007, 10:38 PM
I'm looking at a TB cross mare...I've been talking to this girl over a horse forum about her mare. Problem with that is, I can't rightly ask them without her maybe getting offended if I'm a little unsure. :) Anyways...she said the horse has a "small, visual only" scar and it does not effect her in anyway. Here's a picture...
http://i3.tinypic.com/2j14gie.jpg

I don't know...the leg looks a tiny bit funky to me. Am I just imagining that? She's a steal if everything they say is true (which it usually isn't but I'm crossing my fingers...). I figure when I see it in person I'll know better...should probably get an x-ray though.

This is her anyways:
http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com/pictures/files/1/7/3/6/2/Su.jpg

http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com/pictures/files/1/7/3/6/2/Susie.jpg

I can't stand how her feet are shod :o but anyways, I'll probably go up there on Tuesday.

Kalei
01-13-2007, 11:02 PM
Wow just gonna comment on how pretty that horse is:D

Vela
01-14-2007, 07:59 AM
I used to ride a horse named Zack whose leg looked a whole lot worse than that, and he was sound as could be. Usually an injury like that low on the leg will give it that appearance. I don't think it needs x-rays, just be sure to get a prepruchase vet exam and I think her leg would be fine. Not uncommon to see even uglier legs than that on a horse after an injury like that. In her trotting picture she appears sound with an even stride length, balanced frame, head up at a natural angle, ears alert. Is she an older mare? Her back seems a bit low with a bit of a hay belly, maybe just needs some exercise though to build up her topline.

areias
01-14-2007, 03:27 PM
I used to ride a horse named Zack whose leg looked a whole lot worse than that, and he was sound as could be. Usually an injury like that low on the leg will give it that appearance. I don't think it needs x-rays, just be sure to get a prepruchase vet exam and I think her leg would be fine. Not uncommon to see even uglier legs than that on a horse after an injury like that. In her trotting picture she appears sound with an even stride length, balanced frame, head up at a natural angle, ears alert. Is she an older mare? Her back seems a bit low with a bit of a hay belly, maybe just needs some exercise though to build up her topline.

Hmm okay. She's (supposedly) 8 years old. I don't think she gets worked very often..I'm talking to the girl, and it's her uncle's horse. She rides it every now and then. I asked her what the scar was from, and she said a fence injury, guess it makes sense.

Miss Z
01-14-2007, 03:52 PM
As long as she moves fine, then I'm sure she's sound. She looks like she's got a good trot in that photo, and she is beautiful! :)

Vela
01-14-2007, 04:03 PM
Her back and belly are probably just from lack of use then if she's not ridden much. Just like us, without constant use, the muscles just aren't as strong. If you buy her make sure to take it kinda slow and condition her up to doing longer trail rides, lots of long trotting and hill work will build her muscles back up and I'm betting you will see her topline and belly improve some. The leg injury looks fine really, it's common for them to look that way after a fence accident. It'll always look that way but judging from her stride, she appears square and sound. No head bobbing or pained looked, even stride. She doesn't look aged, just older, but probably from lack of use, and those muscles will tighten up with conditioning.

tikeyas_mom
01-14-2007, 05:24 PM
beautiful horse.. i love all the different colors in her tail.. i cant wait to one day be a proud owner of a horse.... or two ;)

Beki
01-14-2007, 09:09 PM
Hey If she moves fine there shouldn't be nothing to worry about, only if she was favoring her leg should you worry because then she has pain. if she is showing no signs of pain, no worries, she is fine then,
i had a standardbred (previous owners that had her had her in with a bull and she kicked at it and hooked her hoof and tore it.) when we bought her she showed no favoring no signs of pain, we asked a farrier what we should do and we put an "o" ring shoe on it, before we sold her again he hoof was back to normal. i still rode her, because she was showing no pain and she proved a few times that she was showing no pain, thats for sure.
anyways that was my little story.

areias
01-15-2007, 03:32 AM
Alright, thanks guys. I'll be up there on Tuesday to check her out. I'm a little (tiny bit) wary...you know how much they're asking for her?



Take a guess. ;)







$700. LOL I'm very surprised at the price...I'm just trying to cover all the bases. The lady says that the mare knows the basics, so I guess that could be it. Or she's crazy. She did say that the horse dosen't buck or rear, and her ground manners are good, but she can be spooky (which can be fixed). So I guess I'll see on Tuesday...sounds almost too good to be true.

Beki
01-15-2007, 10:39 AM
sometimes things are too good to be true if your thinking of getting the horse ask to ride it first but don't let the horse pull the wool over your eyes. check her out good.

ComedyDevil
01-15-2007, 10:54 AM
She *looks* fine, from what I can see in the pics, but take a really close look at her. Ask to see her walked and trotted in hand, and also in a circle (lameness can often show up on a circle/tight turn even if it's not obvious when the horse is walking in a straight line).

She looks to be a nice horse, but (and im sure you know this already) good legs are one of the most important things to look for in a horse, because their legs are complicated, easy to get problems with but difficult to fix. If she has got bad legs, you'll have no end of troubles with her.

Tread carefully :)

areias
01-16-2007, 02:37 PM
It's a no-go. Went out there...and the horse barely knew the basics, she was pretty green. She had trouble getting balanced with a rider-when you asked her to trot, she would stop and go, stop and go and throw you forwards and backwards. I went to try a canter...she was all over the place and tried to take off towards the girl and my friend standing across the field, got very strong. She needed a LOT of work. My friend, who barrel races, rode her too and echoed me, that she had a hard time just trotting her. She seemed almost dopey to me, although she could have been just real calm-she just like, stood there while I tacked her up, no interest whatsoever.

The leg really didn't look all that great-I felt it and it was kind of lumpy o.O. Plus I probably would have had to put another $200 or so into her...her feet were ATROCIOUS, horrible, she would have needed shoes on all 4 until they got better, she had like no hoof and it was ragged all the way around. I think the pictures were from a while back. They had never had her teeth done...hadn't wormed her since August. I looked at her coggins papers and it said she was 12, not 8. So...pretty much a no.


I now have a place I can keep a horse for free, plus feed and stuff...my neighbor really wants me to buy her gelding (she's gotten offers but turned them down?). She told me I could make payments on him, so I gotta put some thought into that and maybe go out and ride him again.

Kalei
01-16-2007, 03:18 PM
Sounds like you made the right choice. From the sounds of it, that horse was very green and doesn't listen all to well. I'm sure you'll find the right horse for you in no time. Just always ride the horse before you by it, as they say "always check under the hood of the car before you make the purchase":D You should post some pics of your neighbours Horsey!

whomeee
01-16-2007, 07:56 PM
you mentioned that the horse seemed sluggish it could be that they drugged the horse to make her calmer. that happened to me years ago my boss bought me a gelding (my boss raised horses and i kneed one i could handle) any how the horse acted great untill we got him home, he wasnt wild just hard to control, and the age being off even if it was her uncles horse she should have known the age of the horse, most people would ask, then to show papers with a diffrent age not a good sign.

Vela
01-16-2007, 09:19 PM
You definitely made the right choice. Buying a horse should never be done in haste, they are a huge committment. You are doing the right thing by waiting until the right one comes along.

areias
01-16-2007, 09:37 PM
You definitely made the right choice. Buying a horse should never be done in haste, they are a huge committment. You are doing the right thing by waiting until the right one comes along.

Thanks...I think I made my decision in haste when I got Ava. We don't click. This horse didn't click with me either. It'd be one thing if I had some acreage and the horse in my backyard to work with, as a project of sorts-perhaps I would have taken her, but while I'm boarding, no.

That's why I'm seriously on the brink of going with my neighbors horse...me and him did click and I really do like him.

JuniorxMyxLove
01-18-2007, 01:26 PM
um..I know the horse was a no-go and all..but what leg looked funky? What was wrong with it? I've looked at the pictures over and over and I can't see anything wrong...

This is maybe because I've only been around horses for 3 years...going on 4....her hind left leg looks a little wierd, but I think thats just the blurring of the picture.....

*EDIT* the first picture you posted JUST loaded, now I see what you were talking about. Yay, I guesed the right leg! Hm...probably for something totally random though. :)