I'm not at all sure as yet, but I am looking. A couple of horses out of state.
#1. Is a gelding, a bit over 15 hands, just under saddle, sweepstakes nominated, polish/russian cross. He's green. I like his build, it is long and lanky (looks anglo arabian). If I buy him I'll have to get a loan, he's expensive. He has been shown in hand. Purebred arabian, papers in order. No health issues, well behaved, was started under saddle as a 5 year old, so his growth plates closed, always barefoot, rides in a snaffle or a hack. I'd need a year to get this guy to the place I want him before he could compete. So starting all over again, with a quiet and sane horse, but not a proven horse.
#2. Is a gelding, older than the other horse. He has had training level dressage, has been trail ridden, always barefoot. He did have an injury a year ago that worries me. Caught a leg in an electric fence and cut himself to the bone across the rear cannon. It is all healed, and they say he is sound and "energetic", "forward," and a horse that likes a job to do, and he isn't spooky. No papers on this horse, so I could get bamboozled on his age. They also said due to the daily treatment of his leg that he got sour on having his hind leg handled, but the farrier has worked it out. So the leg and the age worry me quite a bit. Sound for an hour a day may not be sound on the trail for extended trotting. So that concerns me. He has a lot of plus's to his column as he has a good training base on him, he's a responsive horse, cues off your legs, so I wouldn't have a lot of backtracking, and could start legging him up right away. This horse is priced "cheap". So I keep wondering why.
Phebes, I don't have a clue what to do about her. Of course I need to rehab her, and get her trail riding again. Where we go from there? I just don't know. I'm told that some horses outgrow this issue. Some never repeat it, and some will tye-up every time they get fit and have too long a rest period. I just know I don't want to damage this beautiful mare.
Off to work...........~E.G.
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