Originally Posted by kathryn
He doesn't like the black prosthetic because it was made when he was 4 I believe, so it doesn't quite fit as well as the white one. He tries to rub it a lot and it gets more gooky than the white ones does. I have said a few times in this thread that it is a non issue at this point after dealing with it for a year, but this is why I could get him so cheap. This isn't the reason I am deciding whether I want him, rather the reason I have the option to have him at all. As I said earlier, with two eyes he would be incredibly out of my price range.
I would buy him to be my show horse, and the goal would be to do the big hunter shows. I think some of you guys are thinking that I am trying to decide between showing and my attachment to him, and this is not the case. It is more an issue of buying a horse with known issues and a bad attitude rather than spending exponentially more money and going into debt to my parents to buy an unknown horse.
One issue I actually hadn't considered until someone brought it up was the idea of resale. If I bought him I would most likely never be able to sell him. At most I might be able to lease him out. I know he would be hard to sell because his owner is actually a breeder and has been trying to sell him since he was born to no success. He has also had multiple people come look at him since he has been with him and nobody was really willing to look past his missing eye. So there is no doubt he would be hard if not impossible to sell in the future when he is even older.
OK thanks for clarifying.
If you are ok with his attitude/comfortable with his issues then don't worry about it... the issue with this would be a) the other people who need to deal with those things b) extra financial drain due to the issues c)possible flair up of those issues and a and b further down the road.
You might get hurt if you are attached and something happens, resale isn't an option and you need to put him down etc.
Due to his issues this horse only may take you so far. You may spend more money on him in the long run than a more expensive horse without issues.
If you buy him could you have a "give back" option with his breeder? That may be ideal. Basically have a long term free lease.