|The Owner's photograph of this eleven year old half Arab/ half QH mare|
UPDATE: The offer fell through due to the owner selling her to someone else. I guess it wasn't meant to be. So, I'm still looking.
I am considering purchasing this beautifully sweet eleven year old half Arabian, half QH mare. She is a fantastic height for me (15 h) and is sensible and a wonderful trail horse. I enjoyed my visit with her and she lives close enough that my vet (the one I trust explicitly) will be able to do the pre-purchase exam. I detected no lameness in her and the owner said she has owned her for 2 -1/2 years and never has this horse been lame. She does wear shoes on the front feet and did when she bought her.
The owner was up front with me and said she has ringbone, and did when she bought her. I am sure she told me, but I can't remember if she told me it was "low" or "high". "HERE" is a brief explanation of what this is from "Holistic Hoof and Horsecare".
HorseTrue.com has a great post about ringbone "HERE" which include three videos that do a great job explaining this condition.
I have yet to hear back from the owner with specifics to questions I had after getting home and reading about this. I also will have my vet take a look at her as I know it depends where it is located and what is the cause (conformation, bad shoeing, wear and tear, an accident...)
I do not expect you to make my decision for me... I will do that upon advice from my vet and further looking into it myself.
My question to you reading this post is ... Do you have experience with ringbone and what would you do the same or differently?
If you have anything to add or say, please feel free to do so. I appreciate your thoughts and input.