Recently I've started looking at a horse for sale who I really like. I really seem to click with him, and he's the first horse that I feel I've bonded with since my Heart Horse passed away.
The only problem is, I've just found out that a while ago (I'm not sure how long it was, but I think it was a few years ago) his rectum prolapsed (in layman's terms, basically his insides stated to come out of his bottom!) Apparently he coliced and then suddenly he prolapsed; apparently he was touch and go (although I don't know how exaggerated this is, as this is info from an ex-exerciser who worked there, who didn't leave on perfect terms). The vet at the time said that there wasn't a reason he prolapsed (although I thought the colic would have triggered it, but I'm not an expert) It's one of those things that could happen again I think. Do you think a good diet and exercise (not too strenuous) would keep him out of harms way?
So, my question is,
-Do I dare buy him, with a chance it could happen again?
-Has anybody lived with a horse who suffer(s/ed) with this problem
It's a pickle, if he didn't have this problem, I'd buy him in a heart beat. If it was a horse that wasn't as nice as him, I would almost definitely turn him down. My heart is saying get him, he's lovely. My brain is worrying that he could get sick again.
I am going to get him vet checked anyway, but I want all your opinions, and any way of dealing/coping with a horse who has/had this problem.
PS I understand that if I did get him, insurance is a must, I understand that completely.