Join Date: May 2013
Location: Grand Valley ON, Canada
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.