I have been thinking of trying to swing board for a 2nd horse and picking the poor guy up. He may make a decent dressage horse in the future, he may not but my heart is really being tugged by this guy to the point that I've even been more serious about trying to sell Cinny in order to help the Gray.
Just a friendly suggestion: Be clear about why
you want this horse. Is it because his condition pulls at your heart strings, or is it because you want a dressage horse?
If it's because you can't bear to see him in that state and you have financial resources available to take care of him and nurse him back to health, do it.
If it's because you want a second dressage horse, don't do it.
People buy horses for all sorts of reasons, which is fine. Don't buy him for the wrong reason. This horse is a loooooong
way off doing anything in a dressage arena.
I buy horses like this because for me, it's about the journey. Once they are going well enough that they are schooling competitively, I'm ready to sell them on and look for another project (with the odd exception over the years).
Buying a competitive horse is more about the destination
- you want to get to a specific place and make certain achievements. There are no guarantees when you take on a horse like this. The grey girl I mentioned before spent the first six months under saddle bucking me off. Oddly enough she was one of the ones I kept for competitions as she ended up being so talented
Are you willing to take that risk?
No one reason is better than another, but I do feel you need to be clear about why you buy a horse. Square pegs don't fit in round holes
Here's my question: Are you willing to spend the time and money necessary to end up with a horse that very may well take a lot of 'taming' before the real training can begin?