O.K.--Her's the short version of a long story..
Mother in Law just took delivery of a mare that she has been waiting for for 3 months. The mare was given to her. The people who had her are "experienced, wonderful and knowledgable horse people"
The mare is 24 or 28--we have been told two different stories.
The mare is severly underweight- 200 to 250lbs.
Still has most of her winter coat. Obviously they don't do grooming.
Her feet look awful.
When they brought Folly, they talked none stop about how "knowledgable" they are. Even claim they are going to bring a experienced show rider to "show us how to ride her properly!" They brought 4 bales of hay with them for Mom to "have" then wanted her to pay $5.00 a bale. The hay is awful, all dry with no nutrients. No wonder she is underweight.
On top of all this, they turn her loose in the pasture at Moms, where she just runs wild all day and say nothing about the horse having arthritis. Today she's is so much pain she will barely move. You can tell from her eyes she is miserable.
Mom is heartbroke. Was lead to believe this mare was in alot better health. Owned by "professional" horse people.
Any advice would be very welcome.......