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Username: obie1dog

Post Number: 18
Registered: 7-2010
Posted on Friday, Mar 18, 2011 - 6:32 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I just did a pre-purchase on an OTTB just coming 4, last race was in October last year and he has only had 5 starts. No obvious signs of lameness. He flexed negative on 8 different flexions but had a positive on the upper left hind. He was showing a 1 before the flexion that you couldnt see on a circle. Trotting in a straight line he swung out slightly wider on left than right and she gave it a 1 out of 5. He is base narrow behind. She also described that he had fetlock vulgas that was mild and thought could be managed with shoeing. Based on these findings she said I should pass on the horse given the 2 issues. She strongly susupected that the mild soreness in hock was coming from the lower joint although no swelling was felt. Dr. O what are you thoughts on this. I plan on using the horse for some jumping and dressage maybe some low level eventing
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Username: dres

Post Number: 2532
Registered: 10-2000
Posted on Friday, Mar 18, 2011 - 6:52 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I am not Dr. O but obie... why did you pay a vet for a pre purchase exam if you are not going to heed her warning...
That would be all i need if a vet said PASS... they have seen a heck of a lot more horses grade 1 go to grade 3 with work... and the work you want is going to tax the legs...
Just my humble opinion

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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
Username: dro

Post Number: 25620
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Sunday, Mar 20, 2011 - 6:03 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello obie1,
The problem with such a question is that we don't know what your capacity for taking risks are. If you have low tolerance for risk (at best any horse only has a 70% chance of achieving new goals) and/or your resources are not unlimited, you may want to heed her advice. In general I don't recommend buying a horse that is lame before the flexions. If you think her call of lameness a bit rash I would seek a second opinion.
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