His name is Spirit and he is a 4 year old No-Color (Solid? Breeding Stock? Whatever they call it these days,) Paint. He is not currently registered, but knowing that he is a gelding I'd assume he could easily be. (Friend is planning on registering him; both parents are registered APHA.) This friend got him for free as a weanling because he had no color. The breeder is focused on Halter horses, and I think this horse is a swell representation of what people breeding for color and 'Halter' conformation can get you.
I have been careful in what I ask of him and have warned my friend that he might not be sound enough for any serious riding. He will most likely be set out to pasture after I train him anyway, but it is mainly a learning experience for me. They got him as a weanling, as I've mentioned, and very little was done with him once they got him. His hooves haven't been trimmed in two years, and I am slowly working him up to let me pick up his feet and handle them. (I've told my friend that if she wants to work this horse, she has to keep his hooves in good condition otherwise the rest of him will go downhill.) I would just like some critique of him to see what sort of thing he could have the physical ability to do. He's shown some red flags to me; his joints click, his legs are swollen, he always crosses his legs and stands very awkwardly. He isn't in any sort of pain, but I'm not convinced he will be able to hold himself together in serious competition.
He is a lovely horse with a great mind to learn, and will do as asked with little hesitation. Which is a nice change of pace seeing as all of my horses I've trained think far too much for their own good. ;3 My friend loves this horse and their family have horses as pets more or less, so he will always have a home. Even if they can no longer keep their horses I figure this will at least give him a chance if he is broke to ride. I really want to know his strengths and weaknesses, as well as what he could be suited for. My friend isn't into big time showing and actually hasn't taken lessons or ridden routinely in quite a few years. But I am starting to teach her things, and I think the progress I am making with her horse is convincing her that I wasn't just crazy all this time. I've worked with him at liberty and he will follow me around, and even in the pasture I can walk near him, give him a look, then turn around and he will follow me to the gate to be haltered. I've already written a novel. Anyhow, thank you all in advance!