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Former “galloping”: what to look for when buying?

Former racehorse: huge heart, hard work, athleticism, amazing sensitivity … and, possibly, many physical problems. Are you able to identify the problems so often encountered by these excellent athletes? A sports career can seriously affect the body, which can be confirmed by every serious athlete. Injuries and injuries will appear throughout a sports career, regardless of its success. They are the inevitable consequences of the body on the verge of its speed, power capabilities and general endurance. At times, the body simply can not withstand the pressure … And we are not even talking about falls and collisions that occur during competitions. These statements remain true for high-level athletes, and for those who are only approaching success, and for racehorses, and for Olympic athletes.

Former racehorse injuries

A number of factors affect the severity of physical injuries:

1) applied training methods;

2) the speed at which training (forcing) began and progressed;

3) the athletic qualities of the organism of a particular horse – structure, maturity and genuine athleticism, not amenable to quantitative descriptions;

4) the treatment received and the time allotted for recovery from the injuries received, assuming that all injuries were diagnosed (not all injuries are obvious);

5) the requirements for the horse regarding the number of races and the time to recover between them,

6) the duration of a racing career;

7) the mental and emotional ability of a horse to cope with physical problems (varies widely).

As in any sport, in racing there are things that work well and those that don’t work well. Training can be competent and illiterate, correctly and incorrectly evaluated, as in the rest of the equestrian world.

A number of thoroughbred horses leave the race world in good condition and excellently continue their athletic careers in leading competitions. Many have minor problems that are resolved during rehabilitation, making the horse suitable for a successful career that does not have high health requirements. Often these horses become hobbies, whose whole life consists of one long horse ride.

Unfortunately, many purebred horses with moderate health problems find themselves in owners who have no idea that their horses have problems.

What should I look for when buying a former racehorse?

Working with clients, I see many problems that arise again and again with former racehorses. I also see many owners who at one time had no idea who they were acquiring.

Despite the good care and care, the horse shows pain or discomfort, and the owner suddenly realizes that (a) his horse will not be able to bear the loads that he expected, and (b) the cost of treating the horse can significantly exceed the cost of the horse itself when buying .

The situation is sad. I believe that when examining a former racehorse that has already changed a couple of owners who did not participate in the races, you may encounter problems that are much more serious than those listed here. The best solution would be to invite a veterinarian, but before that, just check the list below …

The main problems affecting the horse’s ability to carry physical activity in former racehorses

Of course, not all health problems are reasons to refuse a purchase. The horse may well have a couple of problems, but at the same time remain completely functional (however, if you take the horse right off the horse, you need to carry out a number of rehabilitation procedures). Your purchase decision will depend on:

The number of problems you were able to identify
the severity of these problems;
what has already been undertaken to help the horse recover;
how much problems will affect the way you planned to use the horse;
whether you are able to provide the horse with the necessary rehabilitation and support in the treatment of identified problems or pay for the services of a specialist who can do this.
The list below is by no means exhaustive (the problems are varied, their combinations are varied, in addition, some problems can provoke others, secondary). I will also not delve into the field of caring for the horse’s hooves, since this topic is very important and worthy of a separate article.

Below I will talk about problems that you can identify quickly and relatively easily. Most of them are detected visually. You can resort to the help of a more qualified person or (before making a decision) conduct a full veterinary examination. It is best to do both.

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