Originally Posted by hngry4fame
Thanks you guys. I'm having a hard time passing on him. He is a really neat horse. The owner has said price is negotiable. But I doubt I would get her down to $20k. I can always offer.
I had a feeling she was gearing him more towards dressage - she told me she was trying to get her dressage friend to buy him. I asked if she thought he would do better in dressage rather than jumpers and of course she said he could do either. Is there anything I could do to test this theory? I'm going to ride him a few more times before I decide.
I'm with you - I'm not as concerned about the splint. All the research I've done and the vet that I've talked to that did the surgery point to it not being an issue.
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I honestly think a jumper should be able to do dressage, I believe all hunters and jumpers should have a good dressage foundation. So that's good if he can do dressage and do it well. If you like him enough, I would see how far she is negotiable on the price. But honestly, if I were in your situation and liked the horse a lot, and we clicked, I would be ok with overpaying slightly. Not the full 30, but as low as she would negotiate. It's also nice she's doing a lease to own, I was horse shopping and my budget was similar to yours but everybody wanted it all upfront.