Has the owner had the vet out to see if there is something that can be done about his lameness? I'd be scared I'd fall in love. I wouldn't want to fall in love with a horse who would not stay sound. I'd also be concerned about being responsible for vet bills surrounding the lameness.
He looks like a horse that would be easy to fall in love with.
I am not 100% sure if the owner has had a vet out to look at him, but I will for sure have a vet out before I sign anything.
I wouldn't do it. To risky. "he is ok and could heal with time with light riding"? I don't think so! It sounds to me like its just trying to keep the horse unde rlight work to keep him sound during your lease in the hopes they can make a sale. Once he's sold you have some big problems.
A limp means pain. There are very few conditions and situations where a limp is only an temporary anatomical issue but I would be EXTREMELY weary of that in a horse as big as he is.
I wouldn't even consider it. Why not do the same thing with the other horse who I assume is sound?
I don't see any reason why they would try and 'swindle' me here, as they have some plans on using Bob in the future. But I totally see where you're coming from. The owner wasnt really even sure they wanted to sell him, but of course things can change.
I will be looking at the other horse as well, and will inquire about him, I assume he's the other horse pictured in the middle and last pic posted previously. I would have no qualm about leasing him instead of Bob, as the leg issue scares me also. I just think it's worth a shot to go out and have a look.
I think that you should look into it and see what the vet says. I agree with Joshie - make sure there is something in the agreement about vet bills regarding the limp. I also agree with My2Gledings - if a horse is limping it may be in pain. Like she said, why don't you ask the owner about the other horse? At the very least I would try the other horse, esp. If he will be the "substitute" if Bob is unridable. I would also research some other options, to see what else it out there.
I plan on adding a clause about previous injuries into the lease, and those vet bills should be paid by the owner as I had nothing to do with his injury. Of course I wouldnt go out and work him every single day due to the injury. I do plan on keeping all of their emails as well, just in case things do get hairy.
Like I said above, I do plan on checking out the other horse as well, it might just be that I lease Bob's mate instead of Bob. We'll see what the future holds.
I am still waiting on an email back from them as to when I am able to come out and visit. I do plan on bringing my trainer with, as I know she will tell me up front how it is.