If you were looking for something to ride the trails on or ride for fun, I'd say with the price of the horse, meh, a risk but not necessary. But I'm assuming you're going to be jumping this thing? I would absolutely. I make all my clients PPE their horses before they buy them and you'd be surprised at what shows up with horses, young, old, WBs, QHs, long show records, no show record... If your horse is going to be doing anything remotely strenuous you're going to want to make sure he can hold up.