Sore stifles on 5 yo pleasure/light riding horse: pass or purchase?
An opportunity to purchase a well-bred 5 yo wb gelding with "sore stifles" might become available. He is currently being ridden 3x a week in the ring and hacked 3x a week on trails. Sane, safe and well-bred. Trained to 1st level dressage and being maintained with adequan and massage/chiro.
He would be a pleasure/light riding/husband horse, which is what he is being advertised as. Vet thinks he will have soreness for the rest of his life. But he is incredibly cheap because of this.
I know little about issues with stifles. Would you pass or not?
I'd pass just because stifle issues can be a booger and in a 5 yr old already tells me he was probably pushed to hard to fast so what else maybe wrong. Then again he maybe perfect if he is only being lightly ridden once in a while. This is something I'd have a specialist vet at an university possible check him out with a ppe and see what they think before I purchased him.
Horses aren't our whole life, but makes our life whole