This April my 18yr old stb mare tore a ligament in her left stifle. The vet gve her a 50/50 chance of coming back riding sound or just being pasture sound. After two months of stall rest, then limited turnout, she is back on full turnout and I've been cleared to start riding her at a walk. She has a permanant home either way.
Here's where I need the advise. A month after Pia's injury my mom brought home a mare I owned three yrs ago. I gave her back to her breeder because I was moving, had two horses' and could only take one with me. He always said that I could come back and get her whenever I wanted. I didn't really believe it because whose going to take care of a horse for who know how long then let you have it back free of charge?
Any way he did let us come get her under the stipulation he would keep her papers and if I couldn't keep her for whatever reason she had to go back to him. I gave Pia to my mom and took over ownership of Booty as I can only afford one horse.
Its been two months and she has been lame the entire time on her back left. Its not reallyy apparant on the lunge. I can see something not quite right too her gaits but wouldn't say she's lame. Its when she's under saddle you can see she's slightly off at the trot. At first I thought it was because she hadn't had her feet done for awhile until I got her home and she just needed time for her tendons to adjust, so I gave her about 2 weeks off. Still lame
My problem is I spent all my vet money I had saved up on Pia's vet visits (a little over $600) and don't have any put back to call the vet out to do a lameness exam on Booty. I've been told to give it another month, keep putting money back, and if she's still lame call the vet out and get put on a payment plan.
I never planned on getting a new horse but when Booty came home I couldn't resist trading with my mom. I'm starting to wish I didn't. I don't want to send her back, but I also kinda don't want to spend a coup,e hundred of dollars on another exam and be told she would only be sound for light riding. I have no use for a broodmare and I do more than lightt riding. Plus she isn't safe for my kids to ride like Pia is. But I don't have the the option of selling her for light riding or as a broodmare prospect to get some of the money I've spent on vet bills.
She's 7yrs old AQHA registered and in the Incentive fund. Zippo Pine Bar is her grandsire on the sires side and great grandsire on the dams.
I feel guilty and a little hyppocritical I feel this way. I went nearly a yr without a horse before getting Pia then she gets hurt. Now this with Booty. I guess this was more of a rant than anything. It does feel better to get this off my chest. Cookies to those who read this!