I have just had the horrendous trip down from birmingham to the other side of gatwick to collect yet another horse in need of a better home! I seem to collect them.....so now im up to 6 horses. Two of which are awaiting their lovely new mummys to collect them.
Anyway let me tell you the history of this poor mare 'Tosca'. I saw her advertised on the horse exchange. KWPN papered, dutch warmblood with the most incredible bloodlines going back more than 6generations! She is a BIG 16.1hh with lots about her. Lovely rich bay mare. Advertised for £1995 due to loss of stables and the fact that she had had a vilant allergic reaction to the owners daughter (who she was bought for). She has only been in the country a year, and is as sweet as anything!!!
I have her on trial for a month. However she is currently unsound and has been 'footy' since february constantly and was lame previously back in august 2006 when she came to the owner from a dealer; with what I can only describe as a shoe that had been forgotten about or left to inbed itself into the sole of her foot!!!
Due to this all her lamness has been put down to that foot (with it being the one she is lame on also). And so I spoke with my farrier and with his history of genious when it comes to fixing the unfixable I trust him completely to tell me whats what. However he came out to her today for the first time.....dun dun dun!!!......
Its not foot!!!! He tested the hoof several times in different ways and nothing!! No heat, no digital pulse no bruising or absesses! He then said that she is falling to the outside of her foot (almost dishing) every other stride. He pulled her leg back, then bent it and turned the knee outwards and then inwards at this point she went vertical with huge discomfort and pain. He had now suggested that this must be a muscle injury or shoulder injury of sorts....however the owner has had her flexioned by two different vets on different occasions and she has come through with a pass?!!
Any ideas?? I am trying to persaud the owner to allow me to take her for nerve blocks/x-rays on the insurance (that thank god she has!)