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  • horse shopping, concluded: heart 1, head 0

    To those of you who were kind enough to advise me throughout my horse search, I would like to say thank you -- both to those of you who encouraged me, and those who tried to save me from myself.

    For those who didn't see my previous threads, here's the latest:


    And the one previous to that:


    After talking to the PPE vet and getting a second opinion on the radiographs from a surgeon at Oregon State, and doing a LOT of research on OCD, I decided to buy him (for a greatly reduced price).

    The surgeon's opinion was that he had a very good chance of never having any soundness issues due to the OCD lesion, which he believes was probably much larger when my horse was young and has healed very well over time on its own, and there was no indication to rush to surgery. The lesion is not on a weight-bearing surface and there does not appear to be any other significant damage to the joint. I will probably have ultrasounds and/or exploratory arthroscopy done at some point in the near future to get a better idea of how it looks in there. If he does need surgery in the future, he's a good candidate for it and I am comfortable with the idea of having it performed and rehabbing him. If he does need to be retired early, he has a fairy godmother who would love to be his retirement home. I know that people's circumstances can change and that there is no guarantee that she would be able to take him 10 years from now even if she still wanted to, but if she can't then I am comfortable knowing that I may need to provide for him throughout his retirement. I would have to be comfortable with that idea with any horse, anyway, since there's no guarantee that any currently sound horse will stay sound. I am a scientist, so I try to be a realist, but I am also an optimist, and I have been known to be sentimental.

    I saw a few very nice horses in my search and I knew that if I kept looking I would likely see many more. But I couldn't stop thinking about this one -- I knew the first time I saw him that he was my horse. I figure, I've wanted a horse for over 30 years, so I should get the horse that I really want. I'll post photo links when he comes home this week.

    Thanks again everyone! I'll have plenty more questions in the months to come.
    MelanieC * Canis soloensis

  • #2
    Congratulations and good luck with your new horse!


    • #3
      Congratulations! I think it's great that you got 2nd opinions and good information on which to base your decision. Can't wait to see pics and updates!
      "If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom."


      • #4

        The second opinion sounds like it was very helpful as you made your decision. I was one who erred on the side of caution in my response previously, but had suggested the second opinion as a way to potentially find some hope for this horse who you had obviously become smitten with I'm glad to hear that the second opinion was much more encouraging!

        I'm sure that I'm not alone when I say that I am very much looking forward to PHOTOS of your new horse!!!!!


        • #5
          Grats!! Can't wait to see the pics.
          Adoring fan of A Fine Romance
          Originally Posted by alicen:
          What serious breeder would think that a horse at that performance level is push button? Even so, that's still a lot of buttons to push.


          • #6
            Congrats- photos please!!
            Love your thread title- heart 1, head 0...sniff. Love this!
            RIP Triple Take (aka Indiana )


            • #7
              Congrats! I was wondering what you had decided!

              We expect lots of pics too, and not JUST when he first gets home


              • #8
                Congrats! I think that you are looking for a partnership with a horse, and a horse you are going to give more patience and understanding to because you like him. You sound like you thought out your decision well. Good luck!


                • #9
                  Congratulations Melanie. I didn't want to weigh in on your last few posts, because it felt like your decision was nearly made and your 'heart' was already involved.

                  Good luck, enjoy your journey with your new horse, and- take the money you saved and put it in a money market account NOT new tack! LOL!
                  "I'm holding out for the $100,000 Crossrail Classic in 2012." --mem
                  "With all due respect.. may I suggest you take up Croquet?" --belambi
                  Proud Member of the Opinionated Redhead Club!


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BetterOffRed View Post
                    ... take the money you saved and put it in a money market account NOT new tack! LOL!
                    So NOT fun! Wise, but not fun...

                    But you will need a saddle and bridle and such. And some fun pads. And a pretty halter, and blankets, and brushes, and extra breeches for all that extra riding you will do, and a first aid kit, and shampoo and conditioner...

                    Welcome to being perpetually broke!


                    • #11
                      So glad you got the 2nd opinion and decided to give this guy a chance.

                      Eagerly awaiting the pics!
                      Lowly Farm Hand with Delusions of Barn Biddieom.
                      Witherun Farm


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                        • #13
                          I wish you much joy!
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                          • #14
                            Glad you got the second opinion, you really seemed taken with the horse. Hope you two have a great partnership
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                            • #15
                              Congrats on your new boy!!
                              Love the title - heart 1, head 0!!
                              Pictures please!!
                              The problem with political jokes is that they get elected.
                              H. Cate


                              • #16
                                Let me see, it is dangerous to count, but my lifetime score is:
                                Heart 15, head 0 and no regrets.

                                You are just getting started!
                                *Every horse is a self-portrait of the rider....Autograph your work with excellence.*
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                                • #17
                                  How funny, I just posted the same sort of thread

                                  Big, giant congratulations for you! I was silently hoping you would end up with this horse, but didn't want to push you into such a difficult decision. I am very happy with the outcome though!

                                  Here's to many years together!
                                  On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog


                                  • #18
                                    Congratulations! I hope that you'll post some pictures.


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                                      • #20
                                        I can't believe Perfect Pony and MelanieC got their dream horses in the same week.

                                        Feeling all kinds of warm and fuzzy over here on the East Coast for you ladies!

                                        Melanie pictures and details please!! Breed, etc???

                                        Somehow my inner ten year old seems to have stolen my chequebook!