I know how you feel-I had one sold out from under me WITH a deposit! And I will say that it was for the best-no question. In this case, with no deposit tho and nothing in writing, in this market-the first one with the $$ gets the horse. However, I would have told you that the first time you inquired.
As far as the vet check-yeah, you need one, and yeah, they make some owners nervous, It has long been my opinion that if you look hard enough, you can find something on every horse (and every person, for that matter). The issue is whether the vet and/or buyer are keen enough to throw out the "red herrings" that may NEVER cause lameness and go for it. Some just can't. They want perfection. And, sure, there is a possibility that the owner may know of a real deal breaker that would come out.
Personally, I like the suggestion of having a friend inquire about the horse next week and see if it is still for sale. If so, personally I would RUN! But, up to you.
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