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Lola97456

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Lola97456 says:

Should I buy a horse with arthritis ?

Hi !

I want to buy a 7 year old Thoroughbred named Dr.Pepper. He is really great, he is a good dressage/game horse and loves to overjump =) ! But he has arthritis at one of his ankles... For what I want to do , my teacher says he is really perfect for me, but now I still would like more opinion on the question ...

Can you please help me ?

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chloe595

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chloe595 says:

Re: Should I buy a horse with arthritis ?

How  bad is He with this arthiritis Have you had him vetted mabe this would tell you.Am not Quite sure on Arthiritis.
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lrobson

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lrobson says:

Re: Should I buy a horse with arthritis ?

it depends n how long he has had it and what treatment he has had already. that is a young age to already have arthiritus so by the age of about 13 ish he could be crippled depends what you do whith him. He will have good days and bad days and as he gets worse he will not be able to do much. the winter will effect him to. he would need joint supplemanets etc so might get expensive. personally no i wouldnt but if you think he has many years left in him and can afford to look afterhim when he is at his worse then the desicion is yours.

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haribach

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haribach says:

Re: Should I buy a horse with arthritis ?

Hari my 18 yr old clydesdale x has arthritis in both hind legs some days he is so bad that he finds it difficult to move let alone cope with a rider on his back. He is on bute daily, joint suppliments, cider vinegar and natural herbs to try and ease his pain and discomfort. I think he was broken to ride and drive at a to early age so his joints were not given the chance to grow and strengthen properly. I have owned him nearly 2 years and in that time he has got much worse. He does have good days (usually warm summer days) and we do go out for a drive or gentle hack.I love him to bits but would never consider buying a horse with arthritis again. The horse you mention seems young to have arthritis (it will never go away or get better), I would seriously think twice before buying him-it's heartbreaking to watch your beloved horse struggling and in pain. x

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tango19

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tango19 says:

Re: Should I buy a horse with arthritis ?

i would think long and hard and maybe get some advice from a vet he is young to have arthritis and it will get worse no question about it so jumping should really be out of the question(in my opinion) as it will ad extra stress to his joints, someone i knew had a tb with this problem and he was un rideable by the time he was 10 which i know in this horses case is still 3 years away but thats not long and what would you do if this was to happen could you afford to look after a big horse for the rest of his life as it would be unfair to sell him as someone else may think it was ok to ride him, personnaly i would keep looking as in the bigger picture you may be setting yourself up for alot of heartache,

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Lola97456

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Lola97456 says:

Re: Should I buy a horse with arthritis ?

http://es.getalyric.com/escuchar/YeJjwgApQM0/whc_summer_camp_drill_2009  This a link to go see him, He is the first horse on the left. He has never been in pain because of arthritis and he made it on the show team . Dee ( my teacher) said it would be ok to jump 3" once a week and the rest of the week , jump small jumps or do some heavy dressage work ... I just shouldn't  jump 3"6' ... Wich I don't want to do ... I will get the advice of a vet and my science teacher who had many horses .... 

 

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Lola97456

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Lola97456 says:

Re: Should I buy a horse with arthritis ?

LOL I agree ^^ the girl riding him ( it's not me ) as an inferior level of riding then me ... I know the names of what he can do in French , but I can't seem to translate them into English ... That is a good question though ... How could they know, a vet came because some other people wanted to buy him and they had a pre-buying check up, the vet said he had arthritis .... I'll call a vet today to get a highlight on that ...

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tango19

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tango19 says:

Re: Should I buy a horse with arthritis ?

i don't want to sound funny but in regards to the jumping i'm in the mind that just because he can do it dosen't mean he should it could and probably will make his arthiritis worse my tb can jump 3"6 but i dont do it as hes getting on a bit and i don't think its fair to put his joints under that much stress i would strongly suggest you get a full 5 stage vetting just to make sure and like kirsty&shaky said insurance won't cover him for anything to do with or what they think is linked to arthritis and as we all know vets don't come cheap and he will eventually be on medication full time thats a big commitment and if you where to buy him and for whatever reason he turned out not to be the right horse he could be difficult to sell as you said another person did'nt buy him because of the athritis .

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abbieandfiona

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Re: Should I buy a horse with arthritis ?

IF this horse has already failed a vetting and trust me it would have if they found arthritis then it will fail again. Im talking from personal experience here i have a 8 year old highland Fiona who i love to bits and i have no doubt if i hadnt brought her she would have been put down by now or passed to many dealer yards due to her issues in handling her health etc but weve worked so hard and come so far together.

 

I had her vetted she passed brought her home my first horse ive been saving up for years to get and she cost over 3 grand (always had part and full loans before) went lame within 7 hours of being at her new home. I had a choice keep her or listen to my vet and send her back asap, i kept her paid for a scan and found a way to bring her back to being sound after 6 months of hard work riding everyday and DMSO on her leg it worked but due to the damage on her leg i knew she would have arthritis in it in the future. In Jan she went lame on her back end and split her nose open so had to claim on insurance and got x-rays that found she had bone spavins with 6 changes in the hocks on both legs. So we injected her to help with the arthritis i spend on average £50 a month on equine america cortaflex to help. However she is in a bad way at the moment so going for bone scan soon.

 

The point im trying to make is that it breaks your heart to see your horse go through this condition and whats for the best. Im lucky i have great friends, insurance who paied for treatment, and the support of my family to help me with her. I would never dream of jumping her at the moment so you are going to have to remember with this horse you have to take each day at a time and you will end up putting this horse on bute at some stage for the rest of its life and that will end up killing him inside out sorry if this sounds a bit blunt but ive seen someone do this to their horse. Just make sure you have the money and the ability to tell if the horse is stiff, lame or in pain.

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Lola97456

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Lola97456 says:

Re: Should I buy a horse with arthritis ?

Yeah ... I uess for his best I shouldn't buy him... It breaks my heart though ...

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abbieandfiona

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Re: Should I buy a horse with arthritis ?

Youve made the right choice it may not feel like it now but when you find your perfect horse then you can look back on it and realise the choice you made for you both is the right one.

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