I am keeping a horse for a family member who is very sick and not able to take care of her anymore. We are hoping that he will be improve to a point where he can take care of her again and may be even ride her.
We have been fairly distant until recently basically right be for he got sick. He has had horses for a long time and I knew quite a bit about the horses that he had before. About a year ago he sold his other horses and bought this older mare for trail riding and maybe to breed her as he did not want to show anymore. Communication with him is very difficult now that he is sick and most of the time I can get yes no answers but not too much more.
So I know very little about the mare's history and in fact all I know about her age is that is she is definitely over 12. I picked her up from the boarding facility that he had been keeping her at and tried to get information from the lady, Anne, who was boarding her. This is the same lady that he bought her from. Anne was very hard to deal with and clearly did not want me to take the mare. It turned out that she was using her and charging us full board, which was not cheap I might add (I gripped my heart at the number and staggered a bit). The mare was lame when I picked her up. A little swollen in the back fetlocks and she had a pulled a shoe and her hoof was wrapped. It turned out that the hoof that she pulled a shoe from was not damaged bad at all and could have not been wrapped at all.
When I finally got the vet records from one of the vet. She had been injected with about everything into every joint in her back legs over the past year. After having her for sometime now she seems to have no lameness issues in her back legs and her hoof now is healed well and has a shoe. Granted the most that I have done with her is some mild trails and walk-trot in the arena. Anne would not tell me anything about her when I asked. I even asked a couple of times for the mare's age and never really got an answer, she had a good way of avoiding telling me what I was asking. She would not tell me what vets had seen the mare and claimed to have no idea of when or what vaccines she had. Now I don't know about you but when I board a horse I keep copies of their coggins and vet records.
The mare does seem to be displaying the early signs of nuvicular. I am going to have my vet check it out soon. But do you think this Anne lady sold this horse knowing she had nuvicular and did not tell him? I really am thinking that the hoof wrapping was something done to try to scare me off of the mare. She also changed her story to different people and seemed kinda desperate when we said that we were moving the mare.
Sorry for the long crazy story but I just thought I would get some other opinions on the craziness.