Originally Posted by equiniphile
I would NEVER buy a horse sight-unseen.
I bought my two sight unseen - but their owner was having to move and was going to just leave the horses behind. First time I saw the horses, I had already agreed to buy them, and Dancer pitched a bucking fit and threw her owner. Second time I saw Dancer and DJ was when I picked them up to take them home. Dancer would not load and pitched a fit. Took us two hours to load her. DJ just hopped right in.
Daugher has ridden Dancer around some since we got her - not a lot, but some. Dancer hasn't put a foot wrong since we brought her home. Looks like she's even gaited - something the PO didn't mention.
DJ was our sweet boy - kind and patient. We were sure lucky with our rescues.
Would I ever do that again? Not likely.
To the OP - try working on the ground with your newbie. It may take some doing, and with your bad back you would have to be awfully careful. Look for a trainer that may be able to put some riding time on him. That video on the cell may have been taken a long time ago and the horse just hasn't been ridden since then and may need some reminder lessons. All isn't lost just yet.