UPDATE!! Need some Feedback about xray results for a hunter
I have been shopping for a hunter/eq prospect and have come across one that I love. I had him vetted this week and everything was good with his flexions. However I had him xrayed and it showed some mild degeneration in one of his hocks or mild DJD in as the vet called it. He is 6 yrs old imported from belgium and is priced at 75k. Is this risky for this price? Will it affect his resale value? Would like to have a nice investment prospect. thanks for any help!!!
Last edited by worldclass; Oct. 8, 2011 at 10:03 PM.
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I went through a similar experience this spring with a hunter prospect, same price range, same age, etc. Really liked the horse. Passed all the flexions, etc. Vet found some changes in one of his hocks via x-ray and because there were no earlier x-rays available on the horse to do a comparison, I passed on the horse. No regrets.
This is something for your vet, but my 2 cents just to give you something to think about.
How mild is mild? As a 6 year old what has this horse been doing for the last couple of years?
I would get yourself a few opinions, especially from vets who deal in this type of stuff!
For that kind of money you could find something without the hock changes, that would have better resale potential down the road, granted they are horses and ANYTHING can happen to them w/ or w/o the changes. How long do you plan on keeping this horse for and then flipping him.
Any potential buyer for him as a resale horse will have an advantage/disadvantage with the x-rays you have currently and ones that could be taken if the next buyer decides to x-ray on the PPE, this could also come back and bite you if the DJD is more progressed.
I was at a major training barn in California a number of years ago where I was leasing a horse and happened to overhear a conversation between two of the trainers. One made a comment that there are a lot of people in the US lining up to pay $$$$ for imported horses that don't cost very much over there to begin with.
I know this horse is already over here, but my point in retelling the above was to suggest that some horses are overpriced. If this horse is only 6 and doesn't have really clean rads I'd steer clear at that price. I wouldn't take on a horse with issues or potential issues unless it had a stellar performance record to suggest that such a compromise might have some benefits. (i.e. a horse who had maintenance issues but had already done some BigEq)
Thanks for everyones input! After perfect flexions and a 100% flawless vetting I had the joint looked at by an equine joint specialist here in Colorado at CSU he also saw an extremely mild case of DJD but also thought it may be a good idea to have the hock rexrayed because the view was a little awkward on the first. Following having the second set done 2 vets looked at the second set of xrays both confirmed that the hock absolutely did not show any signs of DJD. Im extremely happy about that and now have a new horse that will be delivered next week.
xrays can be difficult.... even in the human world. One of my sons went in for xrays after falling from a swing set and the dr. said it was blunt trama, I just knew something was up and the next day went to another dr and they looked at the xrays and he had a fractured collar bone.
Glad it worked out for you and I bet your are SOOO excited!!! Enjoy and we expect photos and lots of brags about him!!
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