Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
If the horse is chronically laminitic, there should be outward signs of it on his hooves. If it's a one time flare up from the stress, then no, there wouldn't be any indication of it. That's why I'm curious as to how your vet could determine he's chronic, but not have any other indications. They're pretty obvious.
Horses get sick, and it's never convenient for the humans. Would you have been happier if you'd had him 6 months and then he developed laminitis?
I have a horse I got who was fine the first year I had him. After that point, he bucked me off and I got hurt pretty badly. Come to find out, he has arthritic hocks and other physical disabilities that make it uncomfortable for him to be ridden. He was retired, and has been languishing in my pasture the last 7 years. Should I have been angry that I only had the use of him for a year? I figured it was just the luck of the draw, and it's not his fault.
I think you need to try and look at it that way, instead of being angry that it's 'unacceptable'. They're living, breathing creatures and things can and do go wrong. Besides, laminitis isn't a death sentence, and the horse isn't useless. All he needs is proper care and he'll come back to soundness.
If you want guarantees, don't buy living creatures. Also, don't try to pawn your responsibilities off onto someone else. He's not an inanimate object, and while he may be physically compromised at the moment, he's not 'broken'.
You want the truth? You can't HANDLE the truth!
Last edited by Speed Racer; 11-08-2012 at 01:34 PM.