Well, I am glad I got the horse vetted. I am glad I did this right so I can feel confident that I am starting off with a good horse.
I’m currently shaking over the news, but it is news and the decision is made. So my 3 days of hoping for a nice quiet new horse has now concluded.
The vet came out and noticed right off on the cross ties that the horse was breathing kind of hard and suspected possibly that he may have heaves or allergies. Could be just from the sweltering heat, or it could be from being in a stall. He said time would tell in that situation.
Physically, he is weak in his right hip, so weak that he gives to pressure when applied and buckles down. There is a concern area on his right front – he appears to have scar lines conincidentally right over the nerves on both sides of his pastern where you would denerve a horse. The vet is not sure if he’s been denerved or if maybe he’s been treated with a long-term pain killer in his pastern to keep pain down.
Upon flexion they started with the right front and he flexed dead lame.
He’s going back and my trainer is right – a $500 horse is not going to suit my needs. I think I will take a break from looking at horses for a while… do some saving. Take some lessons… and maybe cough up $5000.
I’m saddened. He is so sweet, but the vet’s advice is he is not going to be a hunter horse in anyway. He is trail horse sound only.
I am not looking for trouble.
I regret ever taking him off the farm. I hope the owners of the farm give me my money back that I paid for him as agreed and in writing. I am nervous that they will not do that just because it’s hard to trust people.