Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Awe Blu, I'm so sorry that this horse looks lame... other than the movement, this is the kind of horse I had pictured for you - very pretty and very broke - a packer that you'd be able to work with and build your confidence.
The horse looks very stiff even when in-hand, however a rider can make a horse look sore if they are too restricting through their own bodies.
The horse definitely "wings" with its front left, and it looks to be coming from the shoulder instead of just being a slight fault.
Very stiff movement - absolutely no "go" in sight - now, again, a rider can make a horse look more sore than it is... if the owner is willing to pay for your vet check, then by all means get the vet check done, as long as you pick the vet... but I'm pretty sure the vet will come back with exactly what everyone here has said - he's most likely lame. Do not pay for the vet check yourselves, I'm 90% sure this horse is lame, but it's worth a check if you can get the owners to pay for it, and you use the vet of your choice.
As for the price, I've said it once, I'll say it again - a horse is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. A LOT of people have been duped (hehe - sorry, that's part of my gelding's reg'd name) by sellers saying "well, this horse is worth $20,000! But I like you... I'll sell him to you for $3000." 9 times out of 10, the seller has tried selling the horse for said $20k, but can't get it... in fact, they've dropped the price so much, they're considering an offer that is a fraction of the initial asking price. So don't let that get you - I know you're a smart cookie though!! Denny, my OTTB, was sold as a yearling for around $30,000 - I know I overpaid for him as a 7 year old for $2500... just to give you perspective.
Hun, you'll find the right horse for you, sorry it's such a PITA.
By the way, you handled the news very well, I'm proud of you :)
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