I am thinking about getting a new horse but the only drawback is that he is slightly lame and I have another horse that is green that I am helping train. He is a 7 year old appendix gelding named Tim Tation but we just call him Tim and he is beautiful but he needs some work, and he is lame off and on, he will be fine for a while and then for a few strides he will limp. The current owner of him has had him for 4 years but hasn't really ridden him for the past year or two so I was thinking that his problem might be because he hasn't been worked very much. Today I when out to look at him and ride him and when has owner lunged him he (the owner) was very rough on him and just made him nervous, when he when back into the barn after being lunged he was fidgety and nervous acting which made me think that he was hot and I don't really want a hot horse. The guy then rode him and Tim acted good but a little aggrivated like he didn't want the guy to ride him and the guy was still really rough on him, when I got on him I felt like he instantly felt calmer and more relaxed. My mom who isn't really a "horsey" person could see how much better and relax he acted when I got on him. Then ring that I was riding him in was really muddy since it has been raining so much here lately so I didn't canter him but his trot was awesome, sure he needed a little touching up but he seemed very eager to please to me.
I was wondering if his lameness isssue was because he hasn't been worked with much lately or if he had another problem. I was also wondering if he was lame because he wasn't happy were he was staying but I don't know if that would cause a problem at all. He is for sale for 500 dollar since he is lame but they guy was going to sale him for 5,000 dollars so if we got him and we spent 200 bucks on him and then he was fine then that would be great because my parents can't afford a 5,000 dollar horse. On the flip side if we got him and spent 500 dollars on him and he was still lame then we would have to sell him because we don't want a lame horse since he is suposed to be my show horse, he also has been hunter jumped and has had dressage training.
I have a green horse too which is another reason that I am wondering if I should get him or not because I want to have time for both of them. So what so you think should I get him or not?