How many PPEs before you give up?
I was just wondering if anyone had experience with looking for horses, having a trainer approve them and then when you think you've found the horse something pops up that makes the horse unsuited for any heavy H/J stuff. How many PPE exams, with x-rays, do you do before you just give up?
I saw someone spend $4,000 on PPEs in the past year--xrays on every single one--trying to find a good prospect horse. She gave up and went with a partially sound OTTB, said she wished she'd just gone with the first horse despite his hock arthritis because he wasn't showing lameness and had been the best deal.
People always say a PPE is important but when you have exceptionally bad luck... how many times before it's too much? I worry with this. I worry that, if something bad comes up in my PPE and I have to walk away, having to pay that much money again for the possibility of dreams being crushed. :( It's not that it's too much money it's that it's a lot to spend and not end up with a horse--of course one could argue that you'd spend so much more in the long run on a horse with problems, but I've dealt with rescue animals my whole life and I take those things in stride fairly well.
Fingers crossed that when I get the report there's nothing major. I didn't get a call so it seems there's nothing pressing. But regardless it got me thinking... if various horses kept not passing or having dealbreakers... what would you do?