Help! Bought my first horse and 7 days later he has Laminitis!
I'm new to this board. I just bought my first horse, 13 yo paint gelding, 15hh.
I was told he has been very healthy the last 7 years, no isses at all except one abcess 4 years ago.
7 days after getting him home I go to ride him and he can hardly walk. I called the vet and the diagnosis is Laminitis. Vet says its most likely something he's always had and is now flaring up from the stress of moving.
I went back to the previous owner and nicely asked him to take him back. He became extremely defensive and told me I caused this and he will not take the horse back or refund anything.
He has been on the exact same diet he has been fed for the last 7 years, he was turned out to pasture during the work week but there is hardly a blade of grass in it. I should be able to buy a horse and move it home without it going completely lame to the point where he can hardly stand up.
My question is, do I have the worst luck in the world and bought a completely healthy horse that suddenly showed up with this condition after I moved him home, or did he have this before I purchased him? What would you do? I now own a sick horse that will need to be micromanaged and I was told he was as easy as can be with absolutely no health issues. My first horse cannot be on and off lame and difficult to keep, I didn't sign up for that.
Any insight will be helpful.