So you've been paying for the privilege of paying all of his expenses, including board....He was/is a rescue horse who was about 250lbs under weight at the time and being used for lessons. she let me do a full time lease on him.....For the past month I have been putting weight on him (paying for all of his supplements), paying full boarding fees
I wouldn't offer $250 for this horse, much less pay $2500. The tumor in his mouth will eventually cause difficulty if it continues to grow. Large Vet Bill.The vet says he is in his late 20's, has a tumor in his mouth, a cluster of tumors on his penis, as well as a couple of tumors on his bum.
the owner wants to sell him right away now and she is asking $2,500!
The tumors on his penis also have the potential to cause problems with his being able to urinate, resulting in bladder infections and possible kidney damage. Huge Vet Bills.
I'm betting the vet check was also the 1 year adoption check -- which is why she was unwilling to sell before. Note: My rescue wasn't officially 'mine' for a year.
She's suddenly willing to sell after the vet discloses the information above; she's seeing the same thing I am. Vet Bills. She's also seeing YOU. Someone with hearts in the her eyes and cash in her wallet and thinks she can off-load a problem and make a profit at the same time.
I'd drop the lease, let the BO start picking up the costs, etc. and see if the price comes down. At the same time, I'd offer to take the horse off her hands if, a) she can prove she's met the rescue/adoption time rules and, b) if she'll take what the horse is actually worth - which is nothing.
I'm sorry if it sounds like I'm being cruel, but a horse of his age and condition probably isn't going to be usably sound for more than 5 years - and you'll be lucky to get that. After that, you have the expenses of an aging pasture ornament. Board, feed, vet, farrier, etc.
I know that you love this horse, but the BO doesn't. She just wants to make back whatever monies she's already spent. That isn't your problem. You need to look at what the future will cost. That $1000-1500 you say you can afford is best held onto for this one's vet bills, or a different horse.