Originally Posted by whitetrashwarmblood
If he looks half asleep in a place as crazy as an auction then I would be suspicious. But I've seen horses that have been drugged look alert and still act peppy. Did the horse arrive at the auction a day or two before the actual sale? He may not have gotten any sleep.
Oops, I thought you said you went to a sale like a horse auction. *facepalm*
But still, I know of a trainer who drugs her horses that she sells or the ones she's currently training. She'll drug them before she rides them. *another facepalm*
Have the owner ride the horse first, and then ask her to take him over a few jumps. Make her be the one to ride him first. She could have just been lying about him being able to jump. He might really be just a lazy, grumpy, green horse she wanted to get rid off.