So a friend of mine is looking to buy a horse. She's had a rough time with her current horse (Horse A) who passed a 5-stage vetting with flying colours then promptly went lame in trot a few months later - it's all a complete mystery and she hasn't come sound with physio, vet visits, rest or daily walking hacks etc etc etc, she's ploughed a lot of time and money into Horse A but has decided to call it quits and look for a new home for her. She thought she had found a nice home for this mare but I think it might fall through.
(anyone want a gorgeous 17.2hh light hack/companion?? *hopeful face*)
ANYWAY - assuming she can still get a new horse she has been to look at one (Horse B) with a lot of potential as the fun all-rounder she is looking for. Unfortunately she has been informed that Horse B has bone spavin "that doesn't affect her at all".
From what I can gather the horse has shown hock abnormalities on an x-ray that was taken as a precaution "just because I like to know everything" supposedly NOT because there were any symptoms - and the horse is sound and working with no problems. Part of me already thinks "why take the x-ray then" but I can also understand wanting to know stuff.
Now the seller of Horse B has also said that "every horse has spavins to some extent after 9 years of age" - this has really got me baffled... REALLY? Is there any truth in that at all? She has encouraged my friend to Google it but that seems unwise given that most on the internet about spavins is very doom and gloom and I haven't found anything yet that confirms the assertion that "they all have it"! Seller has also said "it is just like humans getting older - less movement in the joints" and the horse "has good strong ligaments and tendons and is fit" so it won't affect her until her mid-twenties like all old horses.... apparently. The horse is 12.
What do you think?
My thoughts are along the lines x-ray has picked up that hocks has arthritic changes, not yet showing symptoms but basically could at any point. I think I would be happier if the horse had fully fused bones spavins and was still sound enough to do the kind of work my friend wants (hacking and local shows including a bit of jumping, possibly some TREC/pleasure rides etc)
After all the bad luck of Horse A I really wouldn't want my friend to buy Horse B and basically have the same thing happen.
Any input much appreciated!!