Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Loudoun County, VA
Sounds like you've already decided against it, but I also don't think you should get that horse. There's a reason that this "$5,000 horse" is $500, and if the lameness was easy to fix, I'm sure the owner would do it for a better profit margin.
I don't know what kinds of shows you are doing, but I see no reason why you can't show your appaloosa. I looked up your posts and saw the pictures of him, and he's very cute. If you are worried about judges being biased, show eventing, dressage, jumpers. Hunters can be judgemental of appaloosas, but even one of my good friends showed an appaloosa for a while in children's hunters. And she was a good rider too, even went to Washington International Horse Show (not sure if with the appy or a different horse though).
Invest your time/money/energy into the horses you already have. You already know if they are sound and worth investing in.