So about a year and a half go I purchased Chloe. An now 9 year old paint mare that's a finished reiner. I unloaded my savings on her, she was actually over my budget but my at the time instructor told me she was a steal, would make a great reining horse for me and we could use her for the program we are in. She had been looking at her for a while and new the lady selling her. This is the one time I didnt do a PPE because my instructor told me she had a vet out to look her. I had seen her online but passed her up because of price. I was actually wanting a green broke prospect but I let her talk me into going.
I bought her but a little while later my instructor and I parted ways because she knew way less about reining then she let on. The other guy in our area that does lessons is pretty expensive but really good. I was saving up for lessons but lost my job. So we just did light riding and a few trail rides after that.
This November I decided I wanted to get back into Pleasure most HUS. Chloe and I never really clicked. So I decided I wanted to trade her for a nice HUS horse or prospect. I became very sick shortly after and was in the hospital. I had been talking with a friend who had a really nice HUS prospect that just needed finished. I liked him a lot. When I was released (not allowed to ride for about a month after) I took Chloe and went to go look.
He got on her and noticed she was throwing her head a bit. We decided it was probably because she hadnt been worked in about 2 months. We did a 2 week trial and I took Keifer home. He is the sweetest boy and I couldnt help but fall in love with him. We bonded pretty quickly. Wednesday marks the end of the 2 weeks. I got a call from him last night, I knew he was planning on having the vet out to look at her.
To pretty much some it up. She has arthritis in all 4 legs and other major joint/muscle damage from years of really hard work. "Her best years are far behind her." She would need major maintenance for just light riding and without would be broodmare sound only. So I hold nothing against my friend, but obviously the trade is a no go and I have to take the other horse back. I was given the option to purchase him but there is no way I can afford that after I used my savings to buy her. I don't think I can sell her for anything, I'd be lucky to give her away free at this point.
So lesson to be learned always get a PPE. Don't take the word of the owner or even your own instructor. Make sure You do it and are there for what the vet says. It just sucks because I am out a ride-able horse, I fell in love with a horse I can no longer have and I don't have the money to purchase another one.