We did not know the mare was in a bad way, poor condition, or bad environment at all before we got there to see her. The trade had already been discussed and the mare's owner had already come to see the gelding.
With that in mind I could not now offer money instead of the trade, and would not offer ANY money for her as I agree with someone who said she should be given away to a good home. So not wanting the old gelding to go there leaves withdrawing from the whole deal as the only option.
Good legs and feet are of of utmost importance to me, and these she does not have. Compared to the 6 yr old I saw last week, her back may be better but his legs and feet are better. The 6 yr old has lived at one place his whole life, bones and joints have not been stressed by work too early, and certainly never starved, let alone had a halter embedded in his face. He is offered for free. No one can save them all.
When we got back from seeing the little mare we got Leroy out and I rode him for the first time. He is a very sweet guy, and no doubt he could teach me about gaited horses. He is a bit headstrong due to being ridden by young children without directional control. Maybe I should take and keep him, I'll give it some thought. My daughter really likes him, maybe I should offer to keep him up in Elwood's stall for her if she wants him or until she can find a good home for him at least. She is concerned the BO may send him to auction soon. Thanks so much for your input.
Just to throw another item out, I have been offered another free horse. Can you see me, who likes short sturdy horses, with a 5-yr old TB mare over 17 hh. With some history of injuries, and very bad attitude. Here is her picture. Chi Chi.jpg