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        10-05-2009, 11:52 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Exclamation Need some quick advice

    Although I've owned my horse for over 3 years now, we have been SO lucky that he has never had any issues. Once he had a sore foot for several days, so we doctored it up and had the farrier come out and give him a check and trim. No problems. We've been blessed.
    Now we are looking for a new horse for my daughter. Someone answered my "I want to adopt your horse" ad and we went to meet "Joe". A wonderfully sweet Paint around 17 yo. He has the best demeanor.
    While on the phone in the beginning she told me that she had rescued him several months ago and he was not in bad shape when she got him. Someone just couldn't care for him anymore. She also mentioned that he had a fetlock that swelled up on occasion, no heat in it, he would hobble around for a day or so and then the swelling would be gone and he would be fine. She said it only happened on occasion.
    We drove up to meet him on Saturday and when we got there, he was swollen and limping. She was right, it had no heat and it didn't seem sore to my gentle squeezing but it was markedly swollen. Although I tried not to get them to ride him, they insisted that "he acted" worse than he was and had even ran up to greet them just moments before. Now, granted, it was just a small child on his back but still, I would have NEVER put anyone on his back like that. His hooves were about twice the length I keep Hootie's. She said the farrier trimmed him in July...he still had all 4 shoes on remarkably. Even if Hootie was trimmed in July, his hooves would NEVER have been that long. It looks like at least 6 months growth or more.
    I'm new to the "guess what the illness is" game in horses. Can you guys give me some possible scenarios and outcomes? I don't want to (and can't afford!) to bring a horse home that will need major medical care even though he needs me to help him...and I want to help him so bad.
    So, I've asked her to allow me to have a vet come in and evaluate what he believes the problem is and the prognosis. She is very nice and agreed. My thoughts are that even if he is too bad for me to care for, she'll know the problem and if it's that bad, she'll know to put him down. I don't want him to suffer.

    He can bear weight on it but it is difficult at first but does get some easier as he moves along. What have you guys seen that this could be? I know his feet are in terrible shape but she says this problem has been going on since she got him.

    Ideas?
    Thanks so much!
    Missie
         
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        10-05-2009, 11:58 PM
      #2
    Yearling
    You should have a vet do a pre-purchase exam. It shouldn't cost more than $50-60 which is nominal if it saves you from taking on a horse that ends up a complete money pit. Even though you are technically adopting, you can still have him vetted.
         
        10-06-2009, 12:39 AM
      #3
    Foal
    Forgot to mention

    To add insult to injury, he is covered in rain rot...
         
        10-06-2009, 02:43 AM
      #4
    Trained
    Poor boy. What have their vets said about the fetlock? Whether you decide after a vet check to take him or not, I'd be letting the people know his feet are in unacceptable condition and that rain rot is likely from a nutritional deficiency which they need to take care of. If, god forbid, they haven't had a vet to check examine him, this amounts to cruelty. If they don't they're being as negligent as the people they probably 'saved' him from.

    It sounds like this is probably something that you don't need to be told, but "they insisted that "he acted" worse than he was and had even ran up to greet them just moments before." is rubbish. Horses don't lie & if he's limping, it's for a real reason. I suppose the swelling's 'put on' too??!

    What may it be? At a guess, could be his neglected feet putting undue pressure on the joints, could be arthritis, burstitis, 'navicular syndrome'.... without further info & an exam, you probably won't have any real idea. If he's 17yo & could possibly
         
        10-06-2009, 12:10 PM
      #5
    Foal
    Bingo!

    You guessed right, they haven't had a vet check him. So this poor guy has been struggling for months. I REALLY can't afford a lot of medical issues on a horse right now but I have a feeling I should just get him here to get his feet taken care of and his fetlock assessed by MY vet. If he ends up a pasture companion, hopefully, I can find him a good home.
    It's so frustrating. Why can't I be a millionaire so this type of situations won't be problems to fix! COME ON LOTTERY!!!
         
        10-06-2009, 12:59 PM
      #6
    Foal
    I can't leave him there...

    I decided I can't leave him there even if his leg is really bad. He'll be here Sunday. Vet is scheduled for Monday at 1:15 and farrier will be here at 2 (and I've warned him of the task ahead!).

    Hopefully, we can give this guy a great second half of his life.
         
        10-06-2009, 02:15 PM
      #7
    Started
    I commend you for doing this! I am the same way and that is why my husband won't let me go look at horses :)

    Keep us posted as to what the vet says!
         
        10-06-2009, 02:32 PM
      #8
    Foal
    I to commend you for this task you are taking on. Good luck and please keep us updated.
         
        10-06-2009, 02:41 PM
      #9
    Yearling
    Just a thought...... an abscess can cause the leg to swell. Wouldn't it be nice if it's something that simple..... Keep us posted
         
        10-06-2009, 10:26 PM
      #10
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by kchfuller    
    i commend you for doing this! I am the same way and that is why my husband won't let me go look at horses :)

    Keep us posted as to what the vet says!
    Ditto the above! Last time I came home with 3 so my hubby's right to be concerned!
         

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