[Homestead] On work horses
paxamicus at earthlink.net
paxamicus at earthlink.net
Thu Apr 17 17:08:35 EDT 2008
Lynda, what you are writing is straight flat out opinion so it really
can't BE debated. I could poke it to death if I wanted to but I don't
have time. I am responding to the general theme and I'm sorry you
don't like it. It's weird people who aren't your friends would call
you up and complain about horses they'd bought themselves. I don't get
that so I asked why they'd do it?
I'm not clairvoyant, but I'm a damned good horse person whose made a
living at it in one guise or another for decades. I CAN look at a
horse move, I can watch it work, and 99% of the time I'm going to be
spot on with whatever's wrong with it.
And X rays are nothing more than cheap insurance. You want him to go
out and spend money, not just chump change on a nag, but real money on
a purebred (and purebred vs papered is just semantics so give me a
break, ok?) and NOT x-ray it? That is not the brightest move I've ever
heard of. If you want to go look at it's great grand damn's feet, have
at it, but without the PAPERS of a purebred horse, how would you even
know where to look for this extended family? People don't keep family
groups of non-papered but pureblood horses lying around.
X rays are cheap unless you want the digital ones and even those only
run about $150 a set. Would you buy a car without having it inspected?
Any vet can do them in the dang barn standing in the aisle.
I really don't get why you want this poor guy to run out and buy some
"non-papered but pureblood" plow horse. There are so many half
draughts floating around this part of the country (he's within a day's
journey of me, I think) that it would be insane to go spend ten grand
on some pureblood when the local farmer's co-op probably has 97
adverts for horses for sale to fit the bill for under a thousand.
On Apr 17, 2008, at 4:30 PM, Lynda wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <paxamicus at earthlink.net>
>> I very rarely shop for horses, they appear at my door like dogs, cat,
>> kids, and men.
> ***How nice?
>> If your friends are going out and buying dinks, why don't you go with
>> them? Why on earth are they calling you and complaining?
> ***Now see, here is a problem so prevelant on the web. Folks just
> seem to read what is written and respond accordingly.
> 1) I didn't say friends. IF it had been friends, I would have gone
>> I don't think there's anything a pedigree can tell me as much as x
>> rays and my own two eyes.
> ***Well, I'm sure it's nice to be clairvoyant. However, again, that
> non-responsive to what I originally wrote. X-rays are extremely
> The average person isn't going to haul a proposed purchase to a vet
> to have
> them x-rayed.
> Instead, one could do what I originally said, GO LOOK at the
> parents, grands
> and greats. Talk to other folks who have the same line. Something
> can't do with a grade horse of UNKNOWN heritage.
>> Sorry, I just flat out disagree that it's worth buying a papered
>> working horse.
> ***Again, can we stick with what I said. I never said *papered* I
> purebred. Something with a known history. There are lots of
> ranches that
> raise working horses from purebred stock. You can usually see
> of the same bloodlines and judge for themselves, well, except for
> you since
> you're clairvoyant, how the stock is as far as soundness and
> disposition is
>> But do go on buying Porches.
> ***Hey, you're the one with the Porche obsession. Personally, we
> stick with
> American made. DH's *toy* was a Corvette. <g>
> Next time you're willing to spend money
>> on a horse to plow and trail ride with, call me.
> ***Why in the world would I go to you? For starters, I'll never
> need a
> horse to plow. It would take major earthmoving equipment to make a
> dent in
> the ground up here. Plus, if I want a horse for trail riding, which
> I don't
> and won't, I'd call up someone who has my own breeding stock and get
> a horse
> from a source *I* know (and trust) and bloodlines I know to be sound
> I have a nice bridge
>> I can sell you too.
> ***Ah, now we're into the old "shoe size" adage <g>
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