So, as soon as Rummy sold I find out that there is a horse for sale at our barn, because the family is being posted (we're a military based stable, military folk and thier families) out to Hawaii or some bloody thing. So they can't take their beloved Quarter Horse, Bailey. They were hoping to find someone who was already a member at our barn, and I just so happen to have an empty stall now and am looking to buy... eventually.
They bought Bailey for their little girl, and he's totally golden when it comes to laid back, tolerant, kid proof, beginner proof, husband proof personality. He's the kind of horse that you could learn to ride on, build confidence on, love to death, would never pile you, or push you around, no matter how novice you were. And he's only 14. Sounds perfect right?
Theres a catch. He's had a rather terrible medical record. Apparently he's had hoof problems, lameness issues, prone to skin conditions, can't be worked "excessively" (no jumping, barrels, that sort of thing) and has had issues with his teeth previously (had an infection or something). Apparently his hoof and lameness issues were connected to our old farrier (who really was a total moron) who didnt shoe him properly. I guess he is "almost 100%" but still, this all kind of concerns me seeing as he's only 14.... They want $2000 for him with all of his tack included.
So... to buy or not to buy? I'm concerned about this medical stuff. Am I going to get a horse that's constantly going to be wracking up a vet/farrier bill? Or is it worth it? I know my hubby would not be pleased about that. I would hate to go from behavioral issues with one horse to excessive medical issues in another...
So his pros:
- Hes exactly what we want personality wise. He's kind, gentle, something Jeff could learn on too.
- Hes great on trails and indoors.
- Great with kids and Novice riders, forgiving, tolerant.
- He's already approved at our stable, so we would skip the vet analysis, coggins test and quarantine phase (they're very strict at this military stable..lol)
- Hes already comfy at this place.
- Comes with tack.
- Ugly medical history. Is he going to be lame all the time?
- Not an easy keeper. Needs alot more TLC.. aka money..
- Cant jump. This wouldn't be so bad only... in a short time when I am ready to start jumping again (which is my goal) I wont be able to. So no real progression other than confidence wise. Which means I'd have to find yet another horse, or stay rather stagnant on this one until he.. well.. dies pretty much. If I fall in love with his personality we'll keep him till the end. We can't afford to keep two horses. So.. yea. That's the situation we're looking at.
What do you think? Is it worth it?