Talked to the owner of the bombproof paint. We are going to see him tomorrow. The owner is reluctant to sell, but seems to feel she has to because he is currently not being ridden and is going to waste. And she's older and wants to go south in the winter. She has another horse, which her daughter has offered to keep for her, but this one (which was bought for her sister who never really got into riding) is just too much. So her reasons for selling seem legit. I'm also reassured by the fact that she's very hesitant and is looking for a good home above all else. She does not want him to end up in a lesson barn. But wants to meet us so I think that's a good sign. My daughter comes off as a very mature, quiet, responsible kid so I think we can make a good impression. She's also a good little rider with light hands. I also told the owner that she would be welcome to come visit anytime - could even just drop in to see if he's ok if she wanted to! That way she doesn't feel she needs to say goodbye to this horse forever as she seemed very attached to him.
She had nothing bad to say about him other than he's too fat and needs to be working. Because she does endurance riding, she has to ride her own horse long hours and feels bad for this guy. She claims he wants to go so bad, he tries to put his head into the halter when they go out to get the other horses. Also claims he is totally beginner-safe (her sister was a total beginner and started doing lessons on this horse).
So we'll see how it goes tomorrow and if things still look promising, will schedule a full PPE! So, given that this horse is overweight, is there anything specific you would test for other than IR and Cushings (but don't those horses usually LOSE weight?)? What conditions might cause weight gain? He is also pretty big-bodied (as in, big barreled I guess), so even with weight loss, he will never be a fine-boned horse like our Arab. But that's fine with me.
Her price is also very reasonable (2000$) so she's not doing this for the money.
Meantime, two other horses showed up on my radar: both claimed to be bombproof, both QH. One is only 14 hh though, and the owner wants 9000$ so walking away from that one fast. The other is a good height and is up for sale for 6500$. More than I'd like to pay, but I did respond to the ad because I might go that high if the horse is truly worth it. Currently though, my preference goes to the paint. There's just something about that horse that melts my heart and I get a good vibe from the people selling him. I can visualize myself riding for hours and hours with him and it would be a nice, relaxing ride rather than stressing about whether he might spook at the next tree. And according to the owner, he actually has a nice nose tuck and collects very nicely if we want to go in that direction. She said he could definitely become a show horse if we wanted him to - he's done lots of arena work and goes both English and Western. She's just not into arena work herself. He's also been in an indoor arena and was totally cool about it.
Really nothing wrong with this horse so far, other than being fat and maybe not having the nicest physique (big barreled).