Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: South of No-where
I also think you are out of luck and why you should always see a horse before a sale (video only still makes it sight unseen) and preferably get a pre-purchase exam.
As to the age difference on a 16 and 20 year old? That is only 4 years which is not much and it can be very hard to target the age correctly by the teeth at that point. Aging by teeth is not an exact science and the estimated ages by teeth can easily be off by several years in older horses. I was told my own made was 8-9 when I bought her last year. I looked at her teeth and guessed 10 - which was fine, I was looking for something 12 or under. My vet has looked at her and said she has a very hard mouth to age. Some aspects of it make her look as young as 7 while others as old as 11-12. And really - a healthy 20 year old is still great for a kids horse. One of my favorite horses to ride was over 25.
The unhealthy part is the bigger concern. With how long it is taking her to eat, it may be a simpe issue of getting her teeth floated and adding a Senior feed to her diet.
All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!