I'm for sure going to look at, and express my concerns to my trainer about, those front legs. She knows a lot about conformation and going for a second look I will be paying more attention myself. It's hard notice everything in an hour. Lol.
My trainer also did a lot of research of barefoot trimming and she does a fantastic job with it so she will have a good idea about his feet.
I like him, but if he won't stay sound for general use I'm going to have to pass which will suck. I'm hoping its just the photo angle that's throwing everyone off.
He is a nice looking horse. I did think his left leg was swollen in the photo too, but I think it is just the angle of the photo and how he is standing. His left leg looks straight, the right leg is slightly bend and tipped in making him look pigeon toed. You'd have to look at him straight on and squared up better.
We spent about 3 hours with him. I tacked him up and did all the work myself then my trainer got on.
My trainer made him look 100 times better! We rode without a tie down OR boots. My trainer gave him a ton of rein and just let him lope out and once he realized that tie down wasnt there to lean against he looked a lot better, he dropped his head some and looked more relaxed.
I'm pretty sure he saw more work yesterday than he had in a while.
He was sound when we finished up.
He DOES toe in a little tiny bit on the left leg and the left fetlock is ever so slightly larger than the other, it was not swollen but possibly a past injury.
With proper trimming the toeing in shouldnt be a major deal for me, and the slight inlargment of the fetlock appeared very old, and after 3 hours of riding the horse (on and off with breaks) who is out of shape he stayed sound and had no heat.
We are going to take a chance with him.
I've heard the Hancock bred horses are a bit harder and more stubborn to break (so the reputation says) but once broke they are a horse you can rely on.
He has some ghosts haunting him yet from past training but my trainer is sure after some GOOD miles (and a ton of circles and softening) he will forget about all that 'cowboying'.
The part that concerned us the most was he backs soft from the ground, but even after getting softer under saddle he would not take a step backward...
My trainer told me she wouldn't hesitate to tell me to buy him because she knows I will back off, do what she says, go back to the 'boring work' and not push him into training too quick.
The seller and I agreed on a price I can live with, so he should make it home this week. I was looking for a more finished horse, and my trainer and I laughed about that because we both can never make that happen. Some how we are drawn to 'problem' horses. But I know you can't save them all... But my trainer feels this one is worth a little extra elbow grease!