My $60 dollar colt -May walk away from this opinions PLS!!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by WIChookchick, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. WIChookchick

    WIChookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2010
    Rural Brooklyn, WI
    So there was an ad I spotted last Thurs, on the Craigslist, it had been flagged, most horse ads are in our area, some one has too much time on it...
    So I got lucky and on Friday the ad was on in a nearby city, so I called (she had put up her phone number)...
    WHere I would keep this coming 2 yr old is at my friend's place as he has 2 young stud colts, and we could go in on a group geld with the vet...
    He went with me yesterday, I did get to see pics of him as a weanling, and as a yearling.. And a video...
    Why so cheap.. she wants to cover the cost of his coggins which she MUST have, and the fact he is not really trained to lead.
    SHe had him listed on her web site for 6K as a stud prospect, or 3500 as a gelding..
    ANd then his back started to drop a bit, he has a slight sway back.
    His barn name will be Calais, or Cal for short.
    I have researched what I can do to help him, and he will be a great horse in the long run!
    He is a coming 2 yr old Egyptian Arabian...
    Any handy hints besides what I have read online I would appreciate it!!
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2011
  2. arabianequine

    arabianequine Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 4, 2010
    Very pretty boy....I have heard egyptian arabs are very naughty and one of the hyper-est of all arabs.

    Good luck with him!
  3. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

    Jun 8, 2008
    NE Michigan
    The sway back at such a young age may have problems down the road. Apart from that, he has a nice expression. He'll probably require some work and training, but you've been looking for a project horse anyway, haven't you?
  4. scrambledmess

    scrambledmess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2008
    NW Ohio
    What a pretty guy! I don't think the amature I am would have noticed any sway back without mention of it. I like him!

    Off Topic: But why would horse ads get flagged on craigslist? I know there are the pet police on there, but horses? Really?
  5. WVchick71

    WVchick71 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2010
    Small Town
    My daughter has an Egyptian Mare. She is a little stubborn at times, but once my daughter is on her back she is a really super horse. My daughter is a little afraid to open her up but I think if she did that horse would fly! She is a beautiful sight to watch run in the field! Good luck with him!
  6. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

    Jun 8, 2008
    NE Michigan
    There's some Egyptian Arabs that are used for endurance. Some strains of them are actually quite tall and big-boned.
  7. welsummerchicks

    welsummerchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2010
    If the colt has that degree of drop of the back at two, unridden, what usually happens is as the animal ages, the back continues to drop more. Some horses are pain free with a sway back, and function normally, and some do not. You might consider putting off saddle breaking for a few years, and ponying him and working him on hills, before you ride him. Light riders would probably be a good idea.
  8. WIChookchick

    WIChookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2010
    Rural Brooklyn, WI
    For the next year he is only going to be growing and learn to ground drive. I want to take him into some In-Hand trail classes if he proves to have an aptitude for it, and a local horse show
    has a ground driving class. I may also see how he does in showmanship, "lunge-line" class and other non riding classes.
    I will be doing some things to help him strengthen his back, but will need to take that slow, as the advice is to have him round out his back and get his hind quarters up under him..
    And I wonder if doing that at too young of an age, (they suggest sidelines and a surcingle...) would not HELP, as his growth plates are still very open.
    I think he is going to be a driving horse first, and then see where he goes from there as he grows a bit more the next year.

  9. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Yeah, my experience of horses who have a markedly dropped back at such a young age are mixed... some (probably fewer than half IME) go on to be perfectly fine riding horses for lighter-weight riders as long as saddle fit can be ensured, but others (probably more than half IME) the inherent weakness is too great to permit any riding, both because of pain and because of greatly accellerating the problem.

    But if you want a horse to drive recreationally for fun, and it sounds like you do, you and the horse may have both lucked into your dream situation... you get a (hopefully) otherwise-nice horse for a song, and the horse gets a considerate and appropriate home [​IMG]

    He looks like he has a big knee (LF), you're sure he's sound on it? Hopefully so [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,

  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas

    Horses are selling for $3 around here. They are headed on a one way trip to Mexico. [​IMG]

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