Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: North central Iowa
I didn't read your report, but if you haven't added it, I suggest setting aside some money for a vet check.
I know, I know, I'm being THAT person that is like, "Vet checks are essential, you need one, blah blah blah..."
But, a vet check could have saved me a lot of money. And using my senses. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Learned these lessons the hard way.
Bought a horse for my niece. Nice little Arab. No vet check. He's great...except when we got him home, and winter came, he started coughing. And lost a bunch of weight. Turns out he's got heaves...and is a super hard keeper.
Another horse that I bought I got a vet check on, and she said he wasn't sound. No big deal, they said he had a little degenerative joint disease and just had his very first injection. Didn't get x-rays. Horse had severe navicular, which I found out a year later after being hurtled off at many jumps and losing my confidence because with his pain came unsafe behavior.
It really can save a lot of trouble, so I recommend it, especially if there's something about the seller or the horse that seems off.
Also, I don't know if this has any relevance to knowing if you bought a good horse, but the only horse I have that didn't come with problems is the one where the owner has stayed in touch all five years that I've owned him. She loves seeing pictures on Facebook. An owner that seems to really care about the horse is probably a little more trustworthy, I would think.