Strange horse buying situation?
Okay what would you think?
My friend has been looking for a horse for a while now. She has some pretty particular things she wants and will wait until she finds the right one. We found a horse online that looked really nice. He is a little bigger than she wants though and it was unclear how much training he had.
He is OTTB, gorgeous, appears kind and willing. We rode him and he was actually overly calm and slow off the leg. (showed no signs of being aced though) He is only 5. Seems so nice but something seemed amiss. The lady bought him only 6 weeks ago and started advertising him two weeks after she bought him. She says its a health issue, but she had the health issue before she purchased him.
She actually puts in ad she will trade for a horse that is only an inch shorter than him..... I have no reason to not trust her, she seems very open, honest and nice. I just think this seems very strange. She did say I could contact the trainer she bought him from and I did. He only had the horse for a month, had nothing bad to say about him. Prior to that he said he was mostly out to pasture.
She also agreed to letting him go on trial. She had professional rider show him to us and did not ride him herself. I get the feeling that maybe she is afraid of him? But he seems so quiet and sweet.
My friend is looking for a trustworthy horse, not dead quiet, but reliable. I just have a gut feeling this horse may be the type to be really quiet but then get nuts on occassion. Doesn't the whole thing sound odd, or am I just being too suspicous. Do people actually buy a horse and change their mind that quickly if nothing bad happened? I guess that its possible.