Is an old torn check ligament a deal breaker on a 3' hunter/jumper? Is it different/worse/better/comparable to having an old bow? Any experiences out there with coming back or not coming back sound after healing via stall rest and then pasture rest?
I know of two: one STB racehorse and one children's/adults jumper. Both could never be fully rehabbed and both never made it back to competitive performance. Both were aggressively rehabbed (I know both underwent IRAP treatment..I didn't own the jumper but we did own the STB) and they'd both get back to close to ready to compete and not be able to do it.
depends how 'torn' and if front or back. . . I've had some come back and some never. You'd really need a vet to look at the history, do an ultrasound, and then make sure the horse has been competing again at the level you wish to show him at. In general, thou, I would lease it with an option to return if it breaks in that area. Know too, that insurance will exclude that leg.