Earlier this week I agreed to buy a horse site unseen (I had seen videos) contingent of it passing a basic vet check. The vet said he was a nice horse, passed flexions 100%, but had high heels and was in need of a trim. When I mentioned this I immediately questioned him and asked if he thought he may have caudal heel syndrome or similar, and he felt confident that the feet were just a bad trim...so as the horse passed...I bought him.
He arrived at night and seemed ok so put him in the isolation pen...but today I brought him in to have the vet do his teeth...and yikes! His LF is very upright and walks obviously heel toe. Vet thought instead of teeth, we should xray to see how bad it looked internally....it is definately a defect he was born with as his bones all line up to be this upright. How could a vet miss a club foot during a prepurchase?
So...with the club foot he likely shouldn't be the jumper I bought him to be...so what do I do? Try to get the seller to take him back (the contract stated she would owe a full refund if he was proven to have a pre-existing condition that she didn't disclose), Or do I try to find him a lighter use home and take the loss? I am just so dissappointed in the vet that did the prepurchase. Advice?