Bought a faulty horse! Need advice please!
To make a long story short!...I went from Louisiana to West Virgina to try a friends horse out for a week, and he was nice! I ended up buying him and was told in previous correspondence the horse was never lame. 2 months after arrival with only extremely light work he comes up lame so I had my vet do x-rays and found an old sesamoid fracture in the front ankle with severe arthritis, and 3 bone chips with arthritis in the ankle in general. The previous owner claims to not know of these injuries even though she had x-rays done on him herself. She has said she would produce her copy of x-rays for my vet but hasn't. My vet has even called hers, and he has not talked to her or returned her call. I have e-mails and text messages saying she gave him injections for arthritis and had his ankle injected because "that's how she likes to do things." Not because this was the glue holding him together for him to be sound! Since she was a friend I figured I had no reason not to trust her. She has texted me she would take him back if it came down to him not being able to do what I ask. I had his ankle injected...and the arthritis injection about 2 weeks ago, and things seem to not be any better. He has started bucking 2-3 strides into the canter, and now even at the trot he is tense and is "hopping" on his front right (the offending ankle) The previous owner is convinced it is saddle fit...even though I just purchased a $2000 saddle a fitter says fit to a "t". I have asked her to take the horse back, and she just keeps side stepping the issue. I am wondering...if it comes down to it...do I have a case of misrepresentation since I did ask the necessary questions...have her e-mail and text responses? I truthfully just want to start over considering I haven't gotten attached to the horse...He is bucking and threatening to rear because of his issues and I have a small daughter to raise. I don't feel like I should have to bite the bullet on this! Thanks for your time! Any advice is appreciated!