Lameness and is it treatable?
We bought a horse yesterday and he was perfect absolutly everything I wanted. He's a beautiful Bay overo with two blue eyes 6 years old. We rode him and he rode good enough. We thought he would make an easy project.
The owner said he was a horse at a kids camp and they trained him to walk, trot only. That was fine no biggie we could teach him to lope. When we got him home I brushed him for a bit because he was a mess then my husband decided he wanted to ride him for a bit. so he walked him around, then trotted some, then he decided to lope him. Funny thing is for a horse that supposedly never loped he knew what he was supposed to do and responded to the cue immediatly...he is just obviously not sound for it he went lame after like half a trip around the arena and has been limping ever since! we believe he was drugged up when we looked at him. I called her and she wouldnt return my calls so I went to her house to confront her but she denied lieing to us or drugging the horse and quite honestly was fairly snotty with me. I am so sick of dealing with dishonest people.
We noticed he is slightly toed in on the front left could this cause a horse to not be sound at the lope? Also when we loped him we noticed from the hock down kind flopped as it touched the ground not sure how else to explain that it was really wierd. Is there anything we can to to make it better or did we just get the worst deal ever. :cry:
Get the vet out for ASAP for some bloodwork, it will show if the horse was. Otherwise you might be stuck with it. I honestly trust used car salesmen over many people who sell horses. Very dishonest. I think they knew this horse was lame.
also at this point it doesnt really matter if he was drugged we are stuck with him ...
You can never tell with people if they are being truthful. I have asked for trail periods with horses and the three that I had on trial never worked out. Actually it was the two that I bought from ads online, that I never saw in person that were the ones that worked out perfectly for me. I think I was just lucky both times. You just never know. Good luck with him!
I don't think toed in would cause the lameness but when you talk about the hock I wonder if there is not some type of tendon injury. Do you have any heat or swelling?
You need to get the vet out to see if the horse was drugged and to figure out what where the lameness originates.
It could be anything from in the hoof to tendons to shoulders to somewhere in the hocks or hips, all depending which end of the horse is lame.
Unless a person is specifically taking a horse on to "let it live out its years as a pasture pet", this is why thorough PPE's have become an evil necessit; that means X-rays included.
It used to be that wasn't the case but it seems like the bigger the horse owning population becomes, so goes the "wasn't lame before I bought it" issue:-(
Being pigeon-toed can cause lameness as the horse ages because it affects the bones and tendons in the legs. I am acquainted with a lady who put a horse down for that reason. No amount of money, proper trimming, injections, IRAP, you-name-it could help the horse but, again, it was either late teens or early 20's by that time. She had only owned the horse around seven years so the malformations, thus serious arthritis, had had plenty of time to take hold before she bought the horse.
Good luck to you - I hope whatever "it" is, isn't serious:)
Can you post a video of this horse limping AND a video of him loping?
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