My mare is pin fired in both fronts. The scars are extremely light, and only really visible (and barely) in the summer. I never gave it a second glance, since it is even on both sides I was fairly certain it was preventative and she's never taken a lame step.
Then again, not many things are absolute NOs with me with horses... I have had 3 cribbers (out of 4 horses)!!!
I have known people who wouldn't buy them, but for aesthetics and it was hunters. I'd hope that trainer would do some research and make an educated decision.
If a prospect has been fired it bothers me not at all. Any discipline. If he's bowed, it truly depends on what I see/feel and what his job will be. Slabs, especially in the knee, terrify me. They really need a sedate career like lawn ornament or dad horse. That's my take on it.
" It's about the horse, and that's it."
I am resurrecting this because today I was informed my pinfired horses legs were scarred...and No One competes at the UL of eventing with Pin Fired horses...seriously...its not an unsoundness nor indicater of...it is not a knock at a PPE and unless the horse is going to stand on a strip line for conformation where it would be penalized, who cares if it has pink polka dots as long as it gets the job done, moves and jumps exeptionally and has a good mind and is sound..pin fire marks..last thing I would be concerned over...and flat shins with no profile either...
My 1.40m jumper is a 98 TB & he's fired on both fronts, straight down for "preventative" measures before he ever went into race training. Never had an off day. Still competitive in the 1.15-1.20m & PACKS my students around at 3'6". I'd buy another in a heartbeat. His didn't scar too bad, just barely noticeable if you walk up to him.
Pinfired shins mean nothing to me. I don't even give them a second look (and I'm very critical when buying horses) unless they're in a decorative design.....
Seeing scars on a more "exotic" location gives me pause about what the initial injury was.
The thought that having a horse that bucked their shins as a baby at the track and was pinfired is somehow less of an event horse prospect than one that bucked their shins as a baby at the track and wasn't pinfired is about as dumb as pinfiring is in the first place. It's just harmless scars by that point.
As Peter, Paul, and Mary say, a dragon lives forever.
I work for a vet and whoever told you that, had absolutely no idea what they are talking about. they pin fire for several reasons. including getting a soft boned horse to lay down more bone across the shin to so they can go on a train them. also for bucked shins. I have an event horse that was pin fired, and never, ever a problem. mostly done as 2 yr.olds.