Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Somewhere, over the rainbow
• Horses: 0
PLEASE don't set your heart on this horse. Look again, but be very willing to walk away. The tripping is a big red flag for me.
I bought a horse 14 months ago. He was very quiet. I rode him on two different occassions, and had someone else get on. He tripped very slightly once. He was easy to catch, quiet in the cross ties, but was not in great shape. His coat wasn't shiny, and he had many cuts. The person selling him said the other horses had beat him up. She had not given him his shots since she owned him. She did not give me very good background information on him until after I had loaded him.
It took me three rides to figure out that this very quiet horse was very sick with EPM. It has taken one full year for this horse's immune system to heal. It was expensive to treat him with drugs. He has lingering nerve damage.
After one year of turn out, no riding, good nutrition (no grain), drugs, supplements, and vet bills, he is feeling great. So great that he has a lot of energy to burn, is spooky, and not quite what I had bargained for. He now needs slow short rides to start to strengthen his muscles. It will be a year before he is up to long trail rides, if we can desensitize him.
There are many better quality horses for you to purchase. Many cost less than her asking price. Keep looking, and don't rule out an older horse for your first horse. Go for one that is in better shape, and that you have a better idea of his real character. Yes, it is a lot of work and time to look for a good horse.