This was told to me as the new owner stood,feeding treats to the horse like she was feeding a slot machine.
The 14yo mare was promised to be the perfect horse for her by the seller.
The new horse owner and re-rider had wanted to visit the memories of her youth,trotting through an open field without a care and had worked through 3 other horses before choosing this one in another attempt to relive that dream.
The evaluation began...
The horse was overweight by at least 125 lbs,cinchy,sore in the flanks and hocks,sore in the back,will not tie and will not stand for mounting.
X-rays found bone chips in the right rear,inflammation in the soft tissue of both rear hocks,arthritic changes also had set in to the same area.
Stiff through the stifle,evidence of years of bad farrier work or at least inconsistent.
No pre purchase exam was done prior to purchase because the seller was "Such a nice person".
The new owner was prepared for her up and coming adventure with a new truck,two horse trailer,and all new clothes and tack.
A great financial commitment had been made.
And I repeat this story so if this might happen to someone you know in the future that you might consider going easy on the messenger.