"Has had 1 sarcoid other 3 we think were warts, treated straightaway by Prof D Knottenbelt AW4 chemo cream and has made a full recovery. Sarcoid free now for well over a year. Vet thinks he stands as good a chance as any horse with them not coming back as he had them so very young. "
That is part of the description of a 3 year old gelding I am interested in. What do we all think?
I know Prof. Knottenbelt and he is very good - I'd be inclined to trust his word. But opinions wanted please.
The horse is just what I want, and within budget. What would you all do?
It's a difficult one. I suppose it would depend on where the sarcoids were and what you want him to do. If I was looking for a horse to show I wouldn't buy one with a recent history of sarcoids. If I wanted one to jump or event and they weren't in an area that would effect the horse's way of going I would consider it. I know a lot of horses have them as youngsters and they go away never to be seen again, but I'd hate to miss out on riding/competing time and have a horse in discomfort because of sarcoids.
It would put me off i'm afraid. I used to work for a horse vet and i was telling of a horse i was considering buying but it had sarcoids, she flat out refused to go vet it, telling me she would fail it anyway so why bother in the first place. She then made me promise never to buy a horse with sarcoids...... our friendship isnt that great that i feel i have to keep the promise as such, but the seriousness and conviction behind her words when she was asking me really left an impression.
"everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree, it will spend it's whole life believing it is stupid" Albert Einstein
It wouldn't worry me if the horse is what you want. A friend bought a horse that had 5 sarcoids. She got them treated with liverpool cream and they have never come back. I also know of a few other horses that have had them surgically removed and they haven't had any more come and they were all treated a few years ago.