I started leasing a horse recently but noticed quite a few issues with him including being lame. Paid for a vet to come evaluate his lameness and he found several faults, a few of which I have questions about!
The cause of his lameness is the right/front but he also noticed a confirmation issue with his hind legs.
His hind legs sometimes walk almost in a straight line, one in front of the other, instead of being parallel. See video:
(sorry that it's so shaky!)
He said this didn't make him lame but it might be a cause for arthritis later and I've read online that this might seriously limit his athleticism as it could make him tired easier, etc. Any experience with this?
I'm likely going to be "rescuing" this horse and take on his medical bills including x-rays for his lame foot, shoes, anti-biotics for a cough and more. We aren't sure if he will be able to become sound as it is, but this is just one more strike against my baby.
There is no such thing as a free horse and I know I may be in for lots of medical bills but I'm wondering how bad this is on top of the other things the vet found and counted as "lameness".
Thanks so much for your opinions! Trying to see what we have in store!