I made the difficult decision to retire him this week due to his coffin joint arthritis.
Gabby, I'm so sorry to hear that!! He is lucky to have been in your hands, even for a short while.
Sorry to hijack. I've never had a pin fired horse so don't have much to contribute but the first horse I tried to buy when I was a kid was pin fired. I was too slow committing to him and he was sold to someone else, sadly, but he was a lovely horse and I've often wondered how he would have turned out.
Pin firing is stupid and meaningless, period. It means nothing in terms of a horse's future soundness or limitations. Even if you ruptured the flexor tendon the fetlock wouldn't touch the ground since it is supported by the suspensory ligaments not the tendon so I don't know what to tell you there. Generally speaking a horse that has bowed is more likely to rebow than one that has never bowed. Its a fine line of management with a big dose of luck thrown in there.
Last edited by Ghazzu; May. 12, 2013 at 11:29 AM.
Reason: Just realized I'm responding to a zombie thread here...
"It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay
For resale, it's all about what youre comfortable with. We do a lot of sales, and I definitely hear negative pushback re: pin firing, even though it is a simple blemish. That being said, 3 of my all-time best have very obvious firing scars, but then again, they'd never be for sale just my humble experience, not fuel for any fire.