Originally Posted by hillree
Well the other thing is, I really don't know that much about horse care. My last (and only) horse was such an easy keeper. Other riders at the barn I boarded him at helped me learn the basics. But really, he was kept in the pasture and didn't need extra feed (although I gave him some grain after every ride), he didn't need shoes, he didn't have any vices, and he never got sick. So I don't have really any practice with those things. =/
Thing is - no matter if its 2 years or 2 days since you owned a horse, if it was an easy keeper that had no problems, you aren't ever fully prepared for a hard keeper until you have one. Its something that comes with experience. As for injuries - well that also comes with experience and time and the most important thing there is to have your vet's number on hand. Most sellers aren't going to hold that against you if in every other way you and the horse are a good match and you are willing to listen to their tips on that horse. They can tell you what feed and how much the horse is doing well on and everything like that.
The other thing, if you are worried that someone is going to hold your time away from horses against you, you could always put off getting a horse and instead invest the money that would have gone into his care into riding lessons. This will get you back into horses under the guidance of a professional and some riding instructors will also give tips and information and equine care too if asked. Then when you feel ready for a horse the instructor can help find you a good match.