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post #1 of 12 Old 10-10-2013, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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Moral Dilemma

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So a new girl at my barn just bought her first horse. The horse is super sweet and so is the girl. They are family friends of the B/O.

The girl is VERY inexperienced and knows very little about horse care. (She took lessons for 3yrs about 6 yrs ago and decided a couple of weeks ago she was ready to buy a horse). She is a little nervous around her horse and will not work with him without our B/O present, luckily this horse so far is very good and although only 4 and only knows basic commands, has been pretty easy going about the whole thing.

So here is my dilemma, as I have experience with lameness in horses (work as a vet tech for a race horse vet who deals strictly in lameness) and this horse is LAME. He is horribly conformed, has a club foot on RF with an inward rotation at the ankle (which is the foot he is lame on) and has an older obviously deep laceration on the front of RH P1 with extensive calcification of the RH P1 (you can feel it on palpation). I met the guy she bought the horse from as I purchased a used saddle from him before and I am fairly certain they purchase and resell horses for profit. Obviously this doesn't make him a bad person but I also think he purposely purchases horses with medical problems and markets them without disclosing this information. Now I could be completely off, but as the horse community in my area is pretty small, word travels.

My dilemma is if I should tell her this or not. She obviously didn't notice/know when purchasing the horse. I highly doubt the person she bought him from would take the horse back, and because I really don't know her at all, I don't want this to be taken in the wrong way.

I have had lame horses before and I know how frustrating it can be. Since this is her first horse, and he is only 4, she could end up with 25+ years of caring for a horse she ultimately can't do anything with.

She has had the horse for 2 days, and only worked him for the first time yesterday evening.
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post #2 of 12 Old 10-10-2013, 11:34 AM
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No dilemma at all. You should tell her. If it was you and your horse in this situation wouldn't you want to know? Because you don't know the girl very well you'll need to be tactful in how you tell her.
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post #3 of 12 Old 10-10-2013, 11:36 AM
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I would say something but i would do it gently if it were me. And if i were her i would want to know
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post #4 of 12 Old 10-10-2013, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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That's what I was thinking, I just am having a hard time because it's not like she can return the horse.


I think I am going to bring it up to my B/O and because she is friends with them she may be able to approach it a little better without them thinking I just want to rain on their parade.
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post #5 of 12 Old 10-10-2013, 11:42 AM
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I would want to know if it were my horse. I'm sure the girl wouldn't knowingly buy and try to ride a lame horse.

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post #6 of 12 Old 10-10-2013, 12:03 PM
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You might also want to put a positive spin on it by recommending a good local Vet and farrier, sounds like she's going to need to put together a good support team!
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post #7 of 12 Old 10-10-2013, 12:10 PM
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Since the barn owner is a friend of the new owner, I'd make sure she is involved. That will give the owner a little support too, and not just make her feel overwhelmed and alone if there really is a problem. I whole heartedly agree with the advice to get a vet to examine the horse.
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post #8 of 12 Old 10-10-2013, 12:35 PM
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She can't return the horse but she certainly can make sure that his care and work takes those things into account. You should tell her.

Red flag is that the horse is lame and the BO hasn't seemingly said anything.
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post #9 of 12 Old 10-10-2013, 01:16 PM
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Tell her. As disappointing as it may be for her at first, she is very fortunate to have someone around who has noticed the lameness so early on.

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post #10 of 12 Old 10-10-2013, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone, I'm going to put on my big girl panties and talk to her tonight. Any suggestions on how I could bring it up would be VERY appreciated!!!
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