Have just bought a horse 5 weeks ago. Had a 5 stage vetting done, asked the usual questions - any medical history I should be aware of??? Apparently only saw the vet for vaccinations and teeth, flew through the vetting. After 10 days started coughing, saw our vet (and we informed the vet he used to belong to someone else but was under his care). Vet suggested supplements so after 3 weeks of bucket loads of it, no better. Vet comes back out, listens to his lungs and puts him on a steroid inhaler - suggesting COPD. He is living out, with no hay/haylage, uses nose net - everything we can think of to help him. Previous owners refusing us access to his medical records so the vet is tied.
He is a sweetie and we may have bought him anyway, but we paid a lot for him (considering) and he will cost us a lot in vets bills, supplements, rubber matting, and not sure how we will deal with the winter as we don't have 24/7 turnout then (although every day - daylight hours).
Feeling ripped off, worried, upset for my daughter who was wanting to take him to shows/ODE/sponsored rides etc not sure just how much of it he will be able to do. Who if anyone do I have come back on??