I bought a QH gelding last December for $450 that I thought was a bargain. Come to find out when I started riding him this spring, he was giving me a hard time and didn't want to go. His right leg was a little swollen. I didn't think much of it until I had a trainer come over who told me that he wasn't a QH but a registered standardbred that has previous injury and shouldn't be ridden for more than an hour at a time and no trotting or running. I also was told he was only 15 and learned that he was 23 from my equine dentist.
I've been told it would be very expensive and probably wouldn't help at this point in his age to have his leg xrayed and treated. This is my first horse and I am truly bummed. I carry water to him all winter long and even though he's a good boy, I just don't want to keep him and continue this for another winter if I can't ride him at all. I also don't want to have to put him down. Any suggestions?
I'd never buy another horse without being vet checked.