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    05-18-2011, 10:24 AM
Unhappy Help! COPD diagnosis post vetting

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??
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    05-18-2011, 12:55 PM
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I would suppose that he had been on a long-term steroid just so they could get him sold.

To get any of your money back or to make them take the horse back, you will need a Lawyer and a good horse Vet. Your only recourse is to take the sellers to court claiming they fraudulently sold a horse that has a debilitating disease that makes him unsuitable for the purpose you bought him for.

That means you will have to get a Vet to swear that the condition is serious and could not have been your fault in that short period of time that you had him. He will have to be willing to put this in a sworn deposition.

I would do it but, of course, it is up to you how far you are willing to go to get justice. The horse has to have cost considerably more than the Lawyer is going to charge to file the papers and appear in court if they fight the demands made by him.
    05-18-2011, 02:20 PM
Many thanks. Have spoken to a lawyer and I have given her 7 days to release the medical records, which apparently I am legally entitled to in view of the circumstances. If she doesnt do this, my legal rep will issue her with a pre action disclosure application - (it all sounds so confusing!) and she should be made to release all clinical details, and she will be liable at this point for all my legal costs too. Shame it had to get to this. I heard from my vet tonight tho and she is definitely refusing access. Poor horse is still coughing.
    05-18-2011, 07:07 PM
That would be so frustrating!! I hate hearing stories about the shady things people do to get horses sold, it absolutely infuriates me. People like you go out of their way to have a horse vetted and try to do everything right just to end up with an animal that can't be used or is dangerous. I am so glad to hear that you have taken some kind of legal action, maybe it will make them think twice about doing something like that again if they have to pay out of pocket for your legal fees (which I hope they do have to do). Good luck with everything and hopefully once you have the records you will have a better idea of what you might be dealing with and how to go about treating/managing it.

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