Should I be seeing red flags?
I found a free 6 year old thoroughbred gelding who is currently lame.
My first reaction was to avoid at all costs; however, he's being given away by a competitive eventing barn in a very well-to-do area where perfectly sound OTTBs can be had a dime a dozen.
Rather than pouring money into this horse, they're giving him away to a "regular" loving home.
All I know about his lameness is that he's had his hocks and stifles injected, but he has not been x-rayed.
In a way, it makes sense for them to let him go to a loving home for free rather than pouring money into a horse that may never be competitive again.
I'm not really sure what to think.
If his lameness is temporary, I'm not a competitor, so any of his limitations wouldn't restrict me much, if at all.
If his lameness is permanent, then he could live out his retirement being beautiful and loved.
Since he's free and I'm selling my current horse, that would give me extra funds to put into his diagnosis and rehab.
I'm not sure if it's worth the gamble.
They're sending photos tomorrow, and I've asked what he was doing before he went lame.
I'm torn between knowing that the $60 in gas to go get him could at best get me an amazing horse with a minor problem, and at worst get me a pile of vet bills and a lawn ornament.
Is there even a question in all of that?
I just need a place to talk this through.
I'm selling my current horse, so I've been casually shopping for a replacement.
That's how I found this one.