Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Western New York
Alwaysbehind, no, the horse was never advertised. Flash's former owner, a friend of my neighbor's (who owns the barn where she's boarded) needed to make room in her barn for another boarder, so she needed to find another place for Flash. My neighbor and her friend thought that Flash would be a good fit for me, thus the leasing agreement. I wasn't told about the arthritis and in fact when my neighbor's vet saw her, he never said anything about it either. (I was told she had everything she needed, but in reality, I had to have the vet give her vaccinations, the coggins test, have her teeth floated, and have the farrier come in to trim her hooves.) *sigh* Live and learn.
At the time of the lease, the former owner and I talked about buying her. She told me that if she sold her for what she was really worth, I couldn't afford her. Per the lease agreement, if anything happened to Flash while I was leasing her, I would have to pay the owner $2,000. That was a FIRM $2,000 which is why the purchase price is that much. Even to my green, not-so-lightning-fast-mind, $2,000 seemed high for a horse that old. Then I fell in love...and she with me. And, Zimpatico's sentiments are my own.
I have to chuckle to myselft everytime I think..."they saw me coming"... lol. That's why I asked you all what you thought. You have concurred that my gut was right...but fortunately for Flash, my heart doesn't care. :) And to think about it, I am blessed as well with a husband who sees the big picture: Flash needs me as much as I need her, so $2,000 was a small price to pay. He's never had a qualm about how much upkeep is involved. That is all added to my already-spoiled 7 yo Germand Shepherd....well, actually, the spoiling of my dog and my horse and my granddaughter is still a work in progress. LOL
Thank you all for your input.