My trainer wants to see him ridden off-site at my barn next week then have him come back another day for a vet check. There's much more space and better footing where I board my other horse. I'll bring up ulcers to the vet. I looked up symptoms and read this:
In adult horses, signs of gastric ulcers include:
- Poor appetite
- Weight loss and poor body condition
- Poor hair coat
- Mild colic
- Mental dullness or attitude changes
- Poor performance
- Lying down more than normal
I'm not positive about his appetite since I've never seen him at feeding. I graze him though which he loves. In the past, the owners have said that he nibbles at his food then walks off to check out the other horses then goes back to his food multiple times. With the weight loss and body condition, the owner said he's lost weight over the winter but that could also be linked to his need to be floated. They don't have good quality hay either. His coat is rather dull and his skin is dry/flaky in some areas. The attitude changes and performance I guess you guys can judge from what I've told you? I might overthink things. Lastly, I don't know how often he lies down. The owners say that it's often but relate it to laziness. I, personally, have only seen him lie down once.
And thanks, SullysRider! I do like him but not getting my hopes up just in case since I've seen minor things.
Based on descriptions and conformations, etc. what do you guys think he'd be worth? How much would you pay for him?