Shasta, an 8 year old Appaloosa mare, was rescued from the Enumclaw auction by outbidding the meat buyers. I bought her for about $25 over the going meat weight even though she is an excellent horse.
After I got Shasta home and had her shoes pulled we found 4 large abscess on three of her feet. She is still slightly off on her RH, but according to the x-rays that is just very mild arthritis.
Shasta is available to the *right* home on a strict contract. She is kid safe and can be ridden by anyone, but due to the issue above I am not sure how "hard" she can be ridden. She is a nice, gentle, and friendly mare who is a very easy keeper and probably shouldn't be out on grass come spring. She comes up to you in the pasture and will follow you around like a dog. She is extremely easy to handle and is just an all around good girl.
She has been used for children's rides and is especially good for them as she will do nothing bad. She will just walk along calm as you please and it doesn't matter if the child is causing a ruckus, she doesn't seem to mind. Shasta is easily ridden by a rider who knows what they are doing, but for a beginner rider she will plod along and be lazy.
Shasta's previous owner was a recently divorced single mother who could not afford to keep her horses. She was used as a mountain horse for both adults and children, which doesn't surprise me as Shasta is pretty much the epitome of a kid safe mountain horse.
*Board/feed costs are rarely posted, however most horses incur approximately $200/month in such costs.