If she were to geld him she is asking $1,000 but in my opinion I think gelding at that age isn't right, like spaying/neutering an eight week old cat or dog.
So you're saying I should buy a horse that might possibly have a disorder that could cause me to have to put him down in the near future? I don't know much about HERDA, because I just found out about it but from what I understand HERDA impairs healing, creates lesions all over the body, and makes it easier for them to get a bad cut because of the fibers connecting the skin to the body are weakened.. am I wrong?
Also, isn't illegal to sell a sick/unsound horse? Or is that only if you can prove that the seller knew that the horse was ill?
It's totally Buyer Beware when buying a horse. She doesn't have to disclose anything she doesn't know about and by not testing, she can honestly say she doesn't know if he's a carrier or not.
She doesn't need the vet to do the testing, she can pull tail hairs and send them to the lab at this link: HERDA - Hereditary Equine Regional Dermal Asthenia
. She could have the results back in about a week to 10 days, or that's been my experience with this lab.
HERDA doesn't do anything if the horse is only a carrier. It's a recessive which means father and mother both have to contribute the gene for it to be a problem for him. I'm not familiar enough with the horses in his dam line to say for sure, but it looks like he only has 1 line to Poco Bueno in his sire line. That's why I said it APPEARS the worst he can be is a carrier. If that's true, as a gelding it won't matter, he won't pass it on. I'm a real stickler for genetic testing and won't touch a horse that has a possibility of carrying something unless I have the test results in hand. I feel you can live with a lot if you can make a truly informed decision. If she won't do the test, I'd walk away.
As an old breeder, I recommend gelding as early as possible. I just gelded a solid paint colt at 2 1/2 months. There are benefits to gelding early, including increased size. I won't allow a colt I don't consider breeding quality off this property until it's gelded. PERIOD. For one, I don't want someone breeding substandard quality foals because I didn't geld when I should have and two, it's a liability issue. If I sell a colt and don't geld, if the buyer hits hard times and can't afford to geld and the stallion gets unruly or the buyer doesn't have the knowledge to handle a stallion, legally it may not be my fault but I'll always feel like it was if someone gets hurt.
Where I am, gelding costs me approx $115. There's no excuse to send off a gelding quality colt intact.