A friend and I went and looked at a 5yo registered half arab gelding today that I was interested in purchasing. The seller's asking price is $600. He seems like exactly what I am looking for, but was a little lame on his left fore, with some swelling and heat in the pastern. The seller hadn't noticed. We didn't ride or work him much after discovering the issue, not wanting to worsen it.
After untacking we asked if she had a regular vet she would call to have him vetted and she said she wouldn't do that, her husband wouldn't let her spend the money.
So what do I do now? My brain tells me to move on, but this horse is exactly what I am looking for and the price is very good. It seems stupid to get a PPE on a horse that I saw lame with my own eyes today. But what if it was just a minor passing issue? Should I find a vet to come look at the pastern in a few days and if he is still lame call it quits then? If he is sound at that point I can ask the vet to continue with a full exam. The horse is 2 hours away so unfortunately I most likely won't be able to be there for it, and it really frustrates me that I'll have to vet her horse myself for an obvious issue if I want to buy it.