When we purchased Fudge in January, his papers were ‘accidently’ left at the broker’s home both times we went to test ride him. This raised a small red flag, but we would have the papers before purchasing the horse, so I let it slide. I was looking for a particular attitude and demeanor in the horse, more than the breeding. We did ask about the HYPP issue, not having seen the papers.
As things began to unravel with the health of Fudge in the first week of ownership, we were focused on finding the problem. It wasn’t until the EPM blood test came back positive, and the broker said, “Your horse, your problem,” that we began to get concerned about who Fudge really was. If the broker had been less than honest about the health of the horse, his demeanor, and pecking order, did we even have the horse listed on the papers?
I pulled out the papers again, and noticed that the broker ad had listed the horse as black, even when the papers had shown him as brown. By this time it was May, and Fudge had shed out to a Bay. Hmmm. The diagram for white markings showed white on thee legs, Fudge has a small amount of white on the fourth. The white on one leg was not quite right according to the diagram. Hmmm. Hmmm. If Fudge was not the QH on the papers, who was he? Did we care? The short and long answer were YES. We already knew that Fudge’s true personality was much different than the horse that we thought we were buying. Once we killed the protozoal infection, his level of energy came up, and he is not the best match for my daughter. What if Fudge was a HYPP positive horse? We needed to find out.
I called AQHA and ordered a DNA test. It took about 4 weeks to arrive. It sat on my desk until the nagging questions began again. I sent in the hair sample, and in about three weeks AQHA called. We do have the horse bred and named IMA FUDGEAHOLIC TOO. He has no Impressive in his line, so he cannot have HYPP. Along the way we have also learned that the AQHA papers for many horses are ‘not quite right’.
I took Fudge for a third, short test ride since January, to gauge his improvement. He is slowly getting better, but still trips often. I have videoed the rides, and on review of the last one, noticed another reason he might be tripping. More changes are coming for Fudge. Stay tuned.