Considering buying a horse but he has a chip in his hock
There is a horse at my best friends barn, she originally bought him for herself but they don't quite "click" he is a 16.1 hh bay TB the papers say he was never raced but we don't know 100% for sure if this is true. however, after purchase (from an auction in thurmont maryland) we discovered he has a big chip in his hock (the farrier found it) he moves nicely though but if he stands around the chip settles and he has to push past it which causes him pain at least i think. the farrier said that surgery could remove the chip and he'd be okay.
I went to the barn to see him and for whatever reason we "clicked" immediately, now i'm really considering buying him, all i would have to pay for is his surgery, shoes, and board (not a problem i can afford the board)
since I work at the barn with her the board would only be about $50 a month. And the farrier with trimming and shoes i think she said would be $60 (he only needs two shoes)
My big question is this, what would the cost be approximately of the surgery to have the chip removed?
I'm very interested in him he's an amazing horse, and if the only major cost is going to be the surgery I'm more than willing to buy him. I just want to know how much i'm looking at in the long run.
thank you for any help!