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Re: [RC] rate him - Elizabeth Walker

There are so many ways a horse can get hurt, get a twist, colic, etc., that focusing on "maybe he has worm damage" doesn't seem productive. I have to agree with Angie - good early care is certainly a plus, but just because a horse is thin doesn't mean he should be discounted.

Life doesn't come with guarantees - I bought Caisson because he moved well, had great feet and good angles - really nice conformation. My farrier loves his feet and his pastern angles. My old horse was predisposed to long toe/low heel, and gave my farrier fits trying to keep his angles up. First thing I noticed about Caisson was his really great feet and perfect pastern angles.....

Guess what - he got diagnosed a couple of weeks ago with "chronically enlarged suspensory branches" of both front legs. Not a strain - it is a chronic condition that indicates this horse - vet's couldn't give me a reason, as they don't know - can't handle the stress of endurance, and the miles of training to get to a ride.

So - no guarantees. I say - if you like the horse, and click, then buy him.

On Apr 27, 2009, at 5:06 AM, rides2far@xxxxxxxx wrote:

Endurance is a tough sport. You buy a horse with compromised innards due to bad worming care in his early years and you sentence
him to an early death.

Yes, and you buy a horse with compromised joints and you may cripple him up so that he has no future. And if I ride a horse that trips I may be paralyzed, and if I don't get the hungry horse he will probably end up being bought by some redneck with a dry rotted saddle and a rusty curb bit. Noticed the horse that died on the Rolex course had a rupture. Figure he got early worming?

I read an article once where a vet school tested for worms at two different sites. One was a breeding farm with lots of horses that wormed every 6 weeks or so. The other was a horse out in a cow pasture who had never been on any schedule at all. The horses on the breeding farm had the highest infestation.

This week I looked at 4 horses. 3 were overweight. 1 was grossly overweight. This one was skinny. Guess which one looked the healthiest to me? The skinny horse's feet were in better condition, he moved better...honestly I think I'd rather get a horse who's been without than one who's dying of overindulgence! I'm beginning to think lush pasture is the biggest threat to any horse's health.




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Re: [RC] rate him, rides2far@xxxxxxxx