My Aunt bought what we had planned on being the final horse. We went out and tried her and we both fell in love. She's extremely well broke and has great manners which is exactly what we were looking for. Because of the purchase price of the horse (not a lot of money at all and he was willing to take the chronic rearer -ad said been there done that, wouldn't hurt a fly- my aunt had traded the bucker -ad said well broke, advanced beginner horse- for) and our not thinking it all the way through (ad said good feet and legs) we went ahead and purchased her and brought her home. Next day she is lame. They guy who sold her to us is saying it's our fault, that she did it in the trailer ride or in the stall . I wisely printed out the ad before he could erase it but when we spoke to him he got very hostile and started cussing and accusing, being an all out jerk. Saying that we rode her hard when we haven't even stuck a saddle on her here. She was off on her front right the day after we brought her home.
The guy said she was current on farrier but her hooves were awful so I had the farrier out, thinking maybe it was the way her hooves were making her stand. There wasn't a lot of heat in her front pastern but it was noticeable enough I told my Aunt to text the guy and let him know she was off. He immediately responded with, well she wasn't lame here. So we debated long and hard with what to do about the situation. We both like the horse. She's a nice mare with a good personality. Well the guy started hollering at us when we told him that we are going to have the vet out to tell us what was wrong. Whether it is something that was caused by the trailer ride or in her stall or something that has been going on long term. He told us to bring the mare back and he would give us a PART of what we paid for her. He didn't want the vet out. I told my Aunt nevermind, let's have the vet come out, it's partly our fault for not getting a prepurchase exam anyway, we'd go from there.
Well my farrier came out the next day (love my farrier) and trimmed her hooves and even took his hoof tester out. She didn't show any pain with the hoof tester. BUT when he put a wedge under her right front (the one she is hurt on) for a few minutes and then made me walk her forward her lameness got worse. In his opinion all signs point to Navicular. (please no) So I called the vet and she is coming out Tuesday.
Mare is now hot in both front hooves and right front pastern, weight bearing on her back legs and when I hand graze her she automatically puts her weight off right front. She is on stall rest and I'm icing her front right 15 minutes everyday and buting her.
We are not sure how the laws are in Ohio but I do have the ad that says : Super broke buckskin mare. Lots of handle, neck reins good, stops, backs and listens well. Soft loper, cute trott. Been used on cattle and trail rides. She is a lot of fun to ride. She is 14.1, really good made, has good feet and legs. Been wormed and current on all shots.
We paid $500 for the mare with the other mare as a trade. He said he sold the other mare for $65 to some lady. Told us that if we wanted to get technical we owed him for repairs to his trailer because the mare we gave him messed up a latch when he loaded her. She loaded perfect for us, we just had to stand there for awhile before she decided it was safe enough to go on.
My Aunt has grown weary of what and who to believe anymore and I feel terrible for her. If it's decided that this mare is far beyond out help (both financially and medically) I'm to the point where I feel obligated to replace her. We are having x-rays done and hoping for the best outcome possible but not getting our hopes too high.