Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
If you can afford to have a horse that may end up lame, and a horse to ride, then I'd say skip it.
If, like me, you enjoy riding and wish to be able to ride your horse for as long as possible, however you don't have the money for a pasture decoration, and a riding horse, spending that extra on a PPE is a very good idea. I had one on Duffy despite only paying 3.800 for her, and xrays on her front legs as she's pigeon toed. She passed, she's healthy, she dishes slightly but I'm never going to be a GP rider so no problems!
I think its worth doing. I tried a mare out, and she rode beautifully, going on the cheap as she was too much horse for the girl and parents had more money than sense.. she failed it miserably. My €300 vets check cost €20 they had to stop it so soon. If I hadn't had that, I would have bought her and she'd be unrideable due to a back problem and issues with her hind legs.